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Safety champion program improves culture of safety and staff engagement

Nurse Leader Insider, December 10, 2015

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Safety champions at Henry Ford Health System have helped transform the way staff members prevent patient harm.

Henry Ford Health System's (HFHS) "Safety Champion" program began in 2008 with around 10 staff members from the radiology department who were interested in improving patient safety. Although it represented a small fraction of the system's 23,000 employees, the pilot program would become the launching pad for a program that includes more than 600 staff members today.

The program coincided with the health system's "No Harm" campaign, also launched in 2008, with the goal of reducing patient harm events by 50% "by enhancing the culture of safety, improving quality and clarity of clinical communication, identifying top causes of harm and redesigning care to eliminate common causes of harm." As of December 2012, HFHS had reduced harm events by 34% and mortality by 31%.

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