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Journal Article
Review

Preventing harm in the ICU—building a culture of safety and engaging patients and families.

Thornton KC, Schwarz JJ, Gross K, et al. Critical care medicine. 2017;45:1531-1537.

Intensive care units (ICUs) are complex environments that carry high risk for medical errors. This review explores the role of safety culture and patient and family engagement in reducing opportunities for error in ICUs. The authors draw from quality improvement processes to provide insights for implementing safety initiatives and involving patients and families in these efforts.