Quality & Patient Safety

Survey: Most hospitals make culture of safety a priority

Patient Safety Monitor, May 1, 2009

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Creating a culture of safety has become a buzz phrase in patient safety during the past few years. The term, which encompasses an entire way of thinking about working in healthcare and delivering patient care, was the topic of a recent Briefings on Patient Safety survey.

Perhaps not surprisingly, most respondents said their organizations were working toward building a solid culture of safety and their facilities’ leaders were supportive of doing so. The idea of building a culture of safety is most often traced back to the 1999 Institute of Medicine report To Err is Human: Building a Safer Healthcare System. A decade later, survey respondents indicate that the topic is generally being addressed in an educational manner in facilities. It has also received more attention from regulatory bodies such as The Joint Commission.

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