Background: While auditing is embedded into clinical culture, data collection tends to be retrospective, requires expertise and is time consuming.
Local Problem: Clinical audit data is needed in real time to manage patient safety issues.
Methods: An iterative approach was undertaken to develop the electronic audit tool with a cross sectional survey used for evaluation.
Interventions: The Combined Bedside and Risk Assessment (CoBRA) audit tool captures patient safety risk and compliance such as falls, pressure injuries and infections.
Results: Over 17,956 safety audits were collected on randomly selected inpatients. Monthly audits completion average is 96% (n=614). Patient safety risk mitigation is available in real time. Stakeholders stated the CoBRA tool was useful in educating patients on risks (n=141; 78.3%), improved patient care (n=120; 67.4%) and prompted staff to modify patient care based on CoBRA findings (n=98; 54%).
Conclusions: The electronic CoBRA process facilitates patient safety risk mitigation and data transparency.