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Journal Article > Commentary
Landers R. AORN J. 2015;101:657-665.
Tweedy JT. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press; 2014. ISBN: 9781482230277.
This publication provides information about the role of nurses in health care safety and explores how organizational dynamics, leadership, and hazard identification can affect the abilities of frontline nurses to deliver safe care. Helpful resources such as checklists, sample control plans, and review exercises are also included.
Journal Article > Study
Ursprung R, Gray JE, Edwards WH, et al. Qual Saf Health Care. 2005;14:284-289.
This pilot study evaluated the feasibility of using a safety auditing checklist during daily work in an intensive care unit. Investigators developed a 36-item list focused on errors common to this clinical setting and implemented them into rounds on a regular basis for the 5-week study period. Results suggested the ability to detect a variety of errors while engaging staff in a blame-free fashion to stimulate immediate changes in performance. The authors advocate for greater application of safety and error prevention methods into routine clinical work as a mechanism for ongoing quality improvement.