Patient Safety Blog

15 Leadership Characteristics that Support a Culture of Self-Care

In a recent blog post we shared information on ways health care organizations can strengthen a culture of self-care for staff.   In patient safety we often emphasized the importance of culture and how to improve safety culture.  As the rates and cost of staff stress and burnout seem to be on the rise, expanding the discussion of safety culture to include staff self care is critical.  One key[...]

Fostering a Culture of Self-Care

Culture is one of the most important tenants of patient safety. Health care entities are adopting many strategies to improve their culture of safety. One aspect of patient safety culture that rarely gets attention is creating a culture of self-care for staff, especially front-line staff that are in constant caring mode with patients and family, often facing “crisis” after “crisis”.

Download the 2018 Annual PSO Report

The Center for Patient Safety (CPS) is certified as a federally-designated Patient Safety Organization (PSO) in compliance with the provisions of the federal Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (PSQIA).

Happy EMS Week!

Do something that counts and listen to your EMS people. A few months ago, I wrote a blog about measuring safety culture in EMS. I outlined a few points about safety culture and why surveying should be part of an agency’s readiness plan. I wanted to circle back and share a few additional thoughts as we approach EMS Week.

Nurses Week 2019

Nurse’s week is coming to an end and I would like to give a shout out to all my fellow nurses! I can honestly say I’m proud to be a nurse it’s because of all the wonderful, empathetic and exceptional nurses I know.  There are so many different areas in nursing and thankfully we all have areas in which we are gifted. 

What Gets Measured Gets Managed

Healthcare organizations are certainly not lacking data. We measure everything and anything that can move over time. We measure employee attendance, physician engagement, hand hygiene, bloodborne pathogen exposure, time to answer a call light, equipment downtime, number of falls, and the list goes on.  However, the ability to measure and review data doesn’t mean we’re always measuring the right[...]

Are Paramedics Ignoring Hand Hygiene?

“Many paramedics ignore hand hygiene rules, study finds”

The #1 Topic They Didn’t Teach You in Paramedic School: Culture

I have been working with the Center for Patient Safety (CPS) for about four months, and I’m learning something new every day.  As a Paramedic, patient safety has always been a high priority, but I didn’t know how an organization’s culture could impact the delivery of care.

ISMP Update on Top Medication Safety Issues from 2018 - Webinar

Medication mistakes are one of the most common errors reported to the Center’s PSO.  ISMP is offering a free webinar on November 15 at noon Central Time to discuss the top medication safety issues as well as strategies to minimize risk.  They will also discuss how drug shortages contribute to errors and strategies to mitigate risk.  Register here and please share with others at your organization.

Recognizing Fall Prevention Week

Fall Prevention Awareness Week started Saturday, September 22 and runs until Friday, September 28. has excellent resources and tools to support ongoing efforts including flyers, posters, fact sheets and videos. A fall can result in injury, trauma and even death. Sometimes the fall isn't even the scariest part and it is the post-fall events of surgery, immobility and potentially[...]