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Tip of the Week: Corridor Clutter

Hospital Safety Insider, December 9, 2010

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A common problem some hospitals face is corridor clutter; a nurse bangs into a filing cabinet by accident, a physician can’t get down a stairwell because it’s blocked, or a staff member can’t access the fire extinguisher. These are all corridor clutter examples. December’s Briefings on Hospital Safety gives advice on how to help staff fight corridor clutter. There are expectations that healthcare staff should follow, according to Kenneth Rohde, senior consultant for patient safety and process improvement with The Greeley Company. Here are some expectations:

  • Pay attention to details
  • Communicate clearly
  • Have a questioning attitude
  • Perform effective handoffs
  • Work together with your team
  • Follow the rules

There is also the issue of compliance. Rhode mentions three keys to preventing noncompliance: burden, risk, and coaching. First, the burden should be released on the staff to comply. Second, communication is vital to recognize risks of corridor clutter. It poses a threat to safety. Third, coaching helps address the issues at hand for the staff.

Visit the Briefings on Hospital Safety archive to read more.



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