The Institute of Medicine’s groundbreaking report, “To Err Is Human,” highlights the importance of patient safety in health care organizations. This report, along with emphasis from many health care improvement entities such as the Joint Commission, triggered a renewed effort among health care organizations nationwide to eliminate medical errors and improve patient safety.
“One of the first steps in creating a safer health care organization is establishing a culture of safety. High reliability organizations emphasize safety as a fundamental priority that we continually strive to improve upon. A safety culture flourishes when…”
- We learn about patient safety from the successes and positive events that occur in health care every day to build strong patient safety programs.
- We examine our approaches and, therefore, increase safety and actively prevent harm.
- We report events and, ultimately, seek understanding and value through other experiences that lead to safer care and practices.
- We think and act in the manner necessary to develop successful solutions, find answers, overcome obstacles, and deliver results to ensure safety.
- We provide a learning environment that is constantly improving and focused on patient safety.
AAMC has been pursuing a culture of safety, in which front-line operators and others are not punished for actions, omissions or decisions that commensurate with their experience and training where gross negligence, willful violations and destructive acts are not tolerated. A culture of safety safety is created through the collective attitudes and values of a group of people. To achieve a safety culture, each one of us in the organization must embrace a safety mindset and support each other in our safety efforts.
Patient safety affects everyone at AAMC. Building a safer culture depends on our ability to listen and learn from all members of the health care team.
Beginning Feb. 6 through Feb. 20, we are once again participating in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality AHRQ Safety Culture Survey. This survey will enable AAMC to assess how staff and medical staff perceive various aspects of our patient safety culture, and will also:
- Raise staff awareness about patient safety.
- Diagnose and assess the current status of our patient safety culture.
- Identify strengths and areas for patient safety culture improvement.
- Examine trends in patient safety culture change over time.
- Evaluate the cultural impact of patient safety initiatives and interventions.
Our goal is to get a response rate of at least 80 percent of all employees. The survey is very easy to complete. We encourage all staff to participate in this essential initiative, so that quality and patient safety remain high priorities here at AAMC.