What is a “culture of safety”?
Core values and behaviors resulting from a collective and sustained commitment by organizational leadership, managers and health care workers to emphasize safety over competing goals.
Why this topic? Why now?
It has been 15 years since the Institute of Medicine (IOM) shocked the nation and issued the clarion call for a safer health care system in its landmark reports To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System and Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century. Nurses have been instrumental in the gains made in improving the quality and safety of U.S. health care over the last decade and a half. However, recent studies suggest U.S. patients experience a far greater number of adverse events each year than even suggested by the IOM.
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