Perspectives on Safety
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- Communication Improvement 6
- Culture of Safety
- Education and Training 5
- Error Reporting and Analysis 8
- Human Factors Engineering 1
- Legal and Policy Approaches 9
- Quality Improvement Strategies 11
- Specialization of Care 1
- Teamwork 5
- Technologic Approaches 5
- Identification Errors 1
- Medical Complications 4
- Medication Safety 3
- Nonsurgical Procedural Complications 1
- Psychological and Social Complications 6
- Surgical Complications 2
- Family Members and Caregivers 1
- Health Care Executives and Administrators
Health Care Providers
- Nurses 1
Non-Health Care Professionals
- Media 1
- Patients 2
with commentary by Paul E. Phrampus, MD, Health System Consolidation and Patient Safety, March 2019
This piece outlines how large integrated health care systems can implement effective patient safety programs and spotlights the importance of leadership engagement and a just culture.
with commentary by Audrey Lyndon, RN, PhD, 2018
This perspective examines the troubling decline in maternal health outcomes in the United States and summarizes recent national initiatives to improve safety in maternity care.
New Thinking About High Reliability, April 2017
Dr. Chassin is president and chief executive officer of The Joint Commission. He is also president of the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare, a center he began to promote high reliability and transformative practice. We spoke with him about new thinking in high reliability.
New Thinking About High Reliability, April 2017
Professor Sutcliffe is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Business and Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. She studies organizational adaptability, reliability, resilience, and safety in health care. We spoke with her about high reliability in health care organizations.
Approaching Safety Culture in New Ways, March 2017
Dr. Dixon-Woods is RAND Professor of Health Services Research at Cambridge University, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of BMJ Quality and Safety, and one of the world's leading experts on the sociology of health care. We spoke with her about new ways to approach safety culture.
with commentary by Sara J. Singer, MBA, PhD, Approaching Safety Culture in New Ways, March 2017
This piece discusses the importance of strengthening safety culture in health care and offers insights for organizations seeking to achieve culture change.
with commentary by Christopher Moriates, MD, and Robert M. Wachter, MD, 2015
While the patient safety world has largely embraced the concept of a just culture for many years, in 2015 the discussion moved toward tackling some of the specifics and many gray areas that must be addressed to realize this ideal. This Annual Perspective reviews the context of the "no blame" movement and the recent shift toward a framework of a just culture, which incorporates appropriate accountability in health care.
What We've Learned About Leveraging Leadership and Culture to Affect Change and Improve Patient Safety
with commentary by Sara J. Singer, MBA, PhD, Update on Just Culture, September 2013
This piece explores how leaders can promote cultural changes to improve patient safety.
Update on Safety Culture, July-August 2013
J. Bryan Sexton, PhD, is director of the Patient Safety Center for the Duke University Health System and an international expert in safety culture and clinician burnout.
with commentary by Allan Frankel, MD, and Michael Leonard, MD, Update on Safety Culture, July-August 2013
This piece explores how safety culture work has evolved over the past decade.
Fall Prevention, December 2011
A leading expert on health care–associated falls, Dr. Hendrich developed one of the most widely used risk assessment tools.
with commentary by Frances Healey, RN, PhD, Fall Prevention, December 2011
This piece discusses the multiple, complex causes of falls in hospitalized patients along with prevention strategies.
with commentary by Susan D. Scott RN, MSN, The Second Victim, May 2011
This piece discusses efforts to ameliorate the impact of errors on providers, including an innovative program to counsel second victims.
High-Risk Physicians and Disruptive Behaviors, December 2009
Gerald B. Hickson, MD, is one of the world's leading experts on physician behavior and its connection to clinical outcomes and medical malpractice. He is a Professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where he is also the Joseph C. Ross Chair in Medical Education and Administration, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy, and Director of Clinical Risk and Loss Prevention. We asked him to speak with us about high-risk physicians and malpractice.
with commentary by Alan H. Rosenstein, MD, MBA; Michelle O'Daniel, MSG, MHA, High-Risk Physicians and Disruptive Behaviors, December 2009
The 1999 Institute of Medicine report highlighted the need for health care providers to address the serious concerns raised about the quality and safety of patient care being provided in our health care organizations. Organizations responded by looking at new ways to fix the system, mostly through the introduction of new technologies and system/process redesign. Advances have been made, but there are still significant opportunities for improvement. Is the barrier poor system or process design, or is it related to addressing basic human behaviors?
with commentary by Gary A. Noskin, MD, MRSA and Patient Safety, April 2008
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has received a great deal of media attention over the past few months following the release of a study indicating that, on an annual basis, approximately 94,000 patients develop serious MRSA infections resulting in 18,650 deaths. Email to a colleague Digg This Printable View Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Perspective by Gary A. Noskin, MD Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has received a great deal of media attention over the past few months following the release of a study indicating that, on an annual basis, approximately 94,000 patients develop serious MRSA infections resulting in 18,650 deaths.(
Just Culture, October 2007
An engineer and an attorney by training, David Marx, JD, is president of Outcome Engineering, a risk management firm. After a career focused on safety assessment and improvement in aviation, he has spent the last decade focusing on the interface between systems engineering, human factors, and the law. In 2001, he wrote a seminal paper describing the concept of just culture, which became a focal point for efforts to reconcile notions of "no blame" and "accountability." He has gone on to form the "Just Culture Community" to address these issues at health care institutions around the country.
with commentary by Alison H. Page, MS, MHA, Just Culture, October 2007
We've all been there...something goes wrong, a patient is harmed, and we, as medical directors, managers, and administrators, are forced to judge the behavioral choices of another human being. Most of the time, we conduct this complex leadership function guided by little more than vague policies, personal beliefs, and intuition. Frequently, we are frustrated by the fact that many other providers have made the same mistake or behavioral choice, with no adverse outcome to the patient, and the behavior was overlooked. Quite understandably, the staff is frustrated by what appears to be inconsistent, irrational decision-making by leadership. The "just culture" concept teaches us to shift our attention from retrospective judgment of others, focused on the severity of the outcome, to real-time evaluation of behavioral choices in a rational and organized manner.
with commentary by Rosemary Gibson, MSc, The Patient's Role in Safety, March 2007
Patients have three roles in improving patient safety: helping to ensure their own safety, working with health care organizations to improve safety at the organization and unit level, and advocating as citizens for public reporting and accountability of hospital and health system performance. The following case illustrates how patients can help ensure their own safety.
The Transformation of Patient Safety at the VA, September 2006
James P. Bagian, MD, is the Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for Patient Safety. Dr. Bagian began his career as a mechanical engineer, then became a physician, trained in surgery and anesthesia. A NASA Astronaut for 15 years, he flew on two space shuttle flights. In 2001, the American Medical Association awarded him the Nathan S. Davis Award for outstanding public service in the advancement of public health. We asked Dr. Bagian to speak with us about his experience transforming safety at in Veterans Affairs hospitals nationwide.