Journal Article

Safety culture in cardiac surgical teams: data from five programs and national surgical comparison.

Marsteller JA; Wen M; Hsu YJ; Bauer LC; Schwann NM; Young CJ; Sanchez JA; Errett NA; Gurses AP; Thompson DA; Wahr JA; Martinez EA.

This study found that cardiac surgical teams had a more positive safety culture (as measured by the AHRQ Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture) than other surgical teams. Similar to prior studies in which managers reported a more positive safety culture than frontline staff, in this study surgeons reported more optimal safety culture compared to nurses and perfusionists. This gap in perceived safety culture requires further study.