Journal Article

The natural lifespan of a safety policy: violations and system migration in anaesthesia.

Maurice G de S, Auroy Y, Vincent C, et al. Quality & safety in health care. 2010;19:327-31.

This study tracked adoption of a process-oriented safety rule and found that compliance eroded over time, with a major trigger being lack of compliance by a senior staff member. The authors provide caution about the role of policies to promote safety behaviors, particularly if such policies are not prioritized by staff as important.