Journal Article

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

de Saint Maurice G; Auroy Y; Vincent C; Amalberti R.

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.