ANA Sets ‘Zero Tolerance’ Policy for Workplace Violence, Bullying
The nursing profession “will no longer tolerate violence of any kind from any source,” the American Nurses Association (ANA) declared in a new position statement on violence in health care workplaces released in August. “Taking this clear and strong position is critical to ensure the safety of patients, nurses and other healthcare workers,” said ANA … Continued
Learning About Safety from Other Industries
Healthcare sometimes looks to other industries to identify safety practices that are applicable to the mission of reducing adverse events and enhancing patient safety. Aviation has been popular in this regard. Far less often mentioned is the construction industry, which shares with healthcare the operation of a relatively dangerous enterprise. While construction usually does not have on-site customers, each person’s activities can present ample risk to others. Fellow workers are in a situation analogous to patients in that they rely on other people to keep them safe. Despite this, I had not given construction much thought from the healthcare safety perspective (falling cranes in New York City not withstanding) until I was recently in Brooklyn and saw a sign at the entrance to a construction site that read “Have you done your pre-task plan today?”
Survey: Work-related Injuries and Their Potential Impact on Quality Patient Care to be of Great Concern to Nursing Workforce
While U.S. healthcare continues its radical digital transformation, nurses continue to face legacy physical burdens that potentially impact the quality of patient care.
A Culture of Safety at the CDC
I had the radio on as I drove to the market, but I wasn’t really listening until I heard “It’s very important to have a culture of safety that says, if you’ve got a problem, talk about it.” I didn’t recall ever having heard the phrase “culture of safety” outside of safety improvement circles.
Intimidation Still a Problem in Hospital Workplace, ISMP Survey Shows
Recently released survey results from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) show that bullying, intimidation, and other types of disrespectful behavior remain a problem in the healthcare workplace, and continue to erode professional communication, which is essential to patient safety and quality.
Trinitas Regional Medical Center Enhances Staff Safety with Visibility Staff Assist
Trinitas Regional Medical Center, a full-service healthcare facility serving Central New Jersey, is taking a novel approach to protecting its staff from combative patients, utilizing a Real-time Locating System (RTLS) from Versus Technology, Inc.
Report Urges Emphasis on Joy, Meaning, and Workforce Safety in Health Care
ACPE: Disruptive Behavior Among Health Care Employees Must Be Curbed
Despite the best efforts of many, disruptive behavior is still a common and pervasive problem throughout the health care industry. To counteract this, the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) released a new book to help physician leaders identify and eliminate disruptive behavior.
Resident Fatigue, Stress Trigger Motor Vehicle Incidents
It appears that long, arduous hours in the hospital are causing more than stress and fatigue among doctors-in-training — they’re crashing, or nearly crashing, their cars after work, according to new Mayo Clinic research. Nearly half of the roughly 300 Mayo Clinic residents polled during the course of their residencies reported nearly getting into a motor vehicle crash during their training, and about 11 percent were actually involved in a traffic accident.
Lean Transformation and Culture Change
The “Lean” approach to process improvement—derived from the Toyota Production System (TPS) developed by Taiichi Ohno and others in the 1950s, 60s and 70s—continues to establish a record of success with healthcare organizations.