Breaking the "Groundhog Day" cycle

Hospital Safety Insider, January 29, 2013

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Recently on the OSHA Healthcare Advisor blog (, we invited readers and our experts to share their stories about a "Groundhog Day" situation, in which a safety problem keeps recurring despite a variety of efforts at finding a solution. (The question was inspired by the movie Groundhog Day; see p. 4 for a synopsis.)

We asked:

  1. Have you ever encountered a safety issue that is caused by someone/some people repeatedly doing something wrong, or a problematic practice that you see many people or facilities doing? (The cause could be anything-lack of attention, the wrong technique, or simply not bothering to do a good job.)
  2. How was it resolved? Was it something that was said, or something that was shown to someone?

This excerpt is from the February issue of Medical Environment Update.

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