This article is an excellent read! Patient safety culture and patient safety are the buzzwords these days, but what are some actions to help you improve your patient safety culture?
First, understand the culture of your organization. This is truly the foundation for prioritizing patient safety.
Involve your patients and their family members as active participants in their care. This helps increase their health literacy, which contributes to improved patient outcomes.
Reinforce that reporting events is necessary so you can continually evaluate and improve systems----not to provide fuel to blame the healthcare providers. Providing a user-friendly reporting system that is integrated into your organization’s daily processes will increase the number of reported events and unsafe conditions.
To sum it up: “In the long run, patient and workforce safety will not only be a moral imperative but will likely be critical to sustainability and essential to delivering on value.” (Gary Kaplan, MD)