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Impact of the Comprehensive Unit-Based Safety Program (CUSP) on safety culture in a surgical inpatient unit.

Timmel J, Kent PS, Holzmueller CG, et al. Impact of the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) on safety culture in a surgical inpatient unit. Jt Comm J Qual Saf. 2010;36(6)(6):252-260.

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June 2, 2010
Timmel J, Kent PS, Holzmueller CG, et al. Jt Comm J Qual Saf. 2010;36(6):252-260.

Efforts to improve safety culture within an institution may be limited by the fact that hospital units may vary widely in their perception of safety. The comprehensive unit-based safety program (CUSP) focuses on improving important determinants of safety culture—teamwork, management involvement, and reporting and learning from errors—by engaging staff at all levels in a continuous quality improvement process. The specific CUSP interventions in this study, conducted in a surgical inpatient unit at an academic hospital, included implementation of a daily goals sheet, geographic localization of patients, and integration of nurses into physicians' daily rounds. The CUSP resulted in a significant and sustained improvement in 6 of 7 safety culture domains. The study's senior author, Dr. Pronovost, recently published a book on his trailblazing patient safety career.

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Timmel J, Kent PS, Holzmueller CG, et al. Impact of the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) on safety culture in a surgical inpatient unit. Jt Comm J Qual Saf. 2010;36(6)(6):252-260.