This review explores the evidence on integrating teamwork, simulation, and unit-based programs to improve safety in obstetrics settings. The authors highlight the need for more data regarding the impact of these approaches on patient outcomes.
De Brún A, Anjara S, Cunningham U, et al. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020;17:8673.
Leadership has an important role in promoting a culture of safety and enabling necessary changes to enhance patient safety. This article summarizes the design, pilot testing, and refinement of the Collective Leadership for Safety Culture (Co-Lead) program, which offers a systematic approach to developing collective leadership behaviors to promote effective teamwork and enhance safety culture.
Kandasamy S, Vanstone M, Colvin E, et al. J Eval Clin Pract. 2021;27:236-245.
Physicians often experience considerable emotional distress, shame, and self-doubt after being involved in a medical error. Based on in-depth interviews with emergency, internal, and family medicine physicians, this qualitative study explores how physicians experience and learn from preventable medical errors. In addition to exploring themes around the physician’s emotional growth and professional development, the authors discuss the value of sharing and learning from these experiences for colleagues and trainees.
Gavin N, Romney M-LS, Lema PC, et al. BMJ Leader. 2021;5:39-41.
Developed in the field of aviation, crew resource management (CRM) is used to teach teamwork and effective communication and has been used extensively in patient safety improvement efforts. This commentary describes four New York metropolitan area emergency departments’ experience applying (CRM) principles at an organizational level in responding to the current COVID-19 pandemic as well as future crises.
Chang BH, Hsu Y-J, Rosen MA, et al. Am J Med Qual. 2020;35:37-45.
Preventing health care–associated infections remains a patient safety priority. This multisite study compared rates of central line–associated bloodstream infections, surgical site infections, and ventilator-associated pneumonia before and after implementation of a multifaceted intervention. Investigators adopted the comprehensive unit-based safety program, which emphasizes safety culture and includes staff education, identification of safety risks, leadership engagement, and team training. Central line–associated bloodstream infections and surgical site infections initially declined, but rates returned to baseline in the third year. They were unable to measure differences in ventilator-associated pneumonia rates due to a change in the definition. These results demonstrate the challenge of implementing and sustaining evidence-based safety practices in real-world clinical settings. A past PSNet interview discussed infection prevention and patient safety.
Patients with end-stage renal disease are vulnerable to adverse events in dialysis. This commentary outlines a team-based approach to improving safety in dialysis care. The authors highlight the importance of multidisciplinary teamwork, accountability, and coleadership to develop high-functioning teams for safe dialysis.
Riskin A, Bamberger P, Erez A, et al. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2019;45:358-367.
Prior studies have demonstrated that rude behavior undermines patient safety. This study used a smartphone application to collect reports of rudeness directed toward nurses. These data were analyzed in conjunction with the hospital's hand hygiene and medication protocol compliance data as well as adverse event reports to determine if rudeness affected these safety outcomes. Participants also reported whether rudeness incidents influenced their cognition or their teamwork. Although rudeness was associated with worse self-reported cognition and teamwork, investigators did not observe differences in reported adverse events or changes in hand hygiene or medication protocol adherence related to rudeness exposure. A past PSNet perspective discussed how organizations are seeking to rehabilitate persistently disruptive clinicians.
An elderly man with a complicated medical history slipped on a rug at home, fell, and injured his hip. Emergency department evaluation and imaging revealed no head injury and a left intertrochanteric hip fracture. Although he was admitted to the orthopedic surgery service, with surgery to fix the fracture initially scheduled for the next day, the operation was delayed by 3 days due to several emergent trauma cases and lack of surgeon availability. He ultimately underwent surgery and was discharged a few days later but was readmitted several weeks later with chest pain and shortness of breath.
Profit J, Sharek PJ, Cui X, et al. J Patient Saf. 2020;16:e310-e316.
Prior research has shown that health care worker perceptions of safety culture may vary across different neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). Less is known as to how perceptions of NICU safety culture relate to NICU quality of care. In this cross-sectional study involving 44 NICUs, researchers found a significant relationship between safety climate and teamwork ratings and a lack of health care–associated infections, but no relationship with regard to the other performance metrics examined in the study.
Antimicrobial stewardship has been highlighted as a strategy to improve antibiotic use in order to reduce hospital-acquired infections. This commentary discusses antimicrobial stewardship teams, their impact in the surgical setting, and the role of nurses in ensuring appropriate use of antibiotics.
Karasin B, Maund C. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2015;41:428-431.
This study describes the use of multidisciplinary rounds to enhance venous thromboembolism prevention, an important patient safety target. Nurses reported on standardized questions during the review of each patient, analogous to a checklist, and gaps in prevention were reported back to physicians to rectify them. This approach is a team-based model to enhance inpatient safety and merits study of clinical outcomes.
Huis A, Schoonhoven L, Grol R, et al. Int J Nurs Stud. 2013;50:464-74.
In this cluster randomized trial, a strategy that sought to improve nurses' hand hygiene by emphasizing team commitment and leadership engagement did achieve higher hand hygiene rates compared with a standard quality improvement approach. However, the overall rate of hand hygiene adherence remained poor in both groups.
Vigorito MC, McNicoll L, Adams L, et al. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2011;37:509-514.
Intensive care units that had a formal plan for improving safety culture not only achieved improved results on the Safety Attitudes Questionnaire, but also reported a reduction in rates of certain health care–associated infections.
Reader TW, Flin R, Mearns K, et al. BMJ Qual Saf. 2011;20:1035-42.
Situational awareness refers to the degree to which perception matches reality. This study assessed situational awareness of intensive care unit teams through direct observation of team rounds and assessment of the degree to which team members were able to anticipate clinical deterioration.
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