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There should be a communication plan that defines the
targeted messages regarding the vision for the culture
of safety. Regularly scheduled meetings of the department interdisciplinary committee or task force
to address progress and issues with implementing
the culture of safety is essential to keep moving the
concept forward. It is important that members of the
committee or task force “walk the talk” and that their
actions consistently enforce the transition to a culture
of safety. AORN’s Creating a Practice Environment
of Safety Tool Kit has tips on effective communication
What are the most significant tools that have
emerged or debuted in recent years that aid
healthcare facilities in improving the culture
The AHRQ Safety Attitude Questionnaire, which assists in
gaining a baseline on the level of safety that the healthcare
professionals believe exists in their environment.
•;Checklists, which serve as reminders on important
steps in a process – for example insertion of central
•;Briefings, pre-procedure. A short discussion prior to
the procedure that includes a “time out” to verify
correct side, site, procedure, and a check to make sure
all the necessary items are available for the procedure,
such as a prosthesis.
•;Debriefings immediately following a procedure to
discuss any untoward issues that occurred or other
issues, like changes that need to be made to the
surgeon’s preference card.
•;Simulation training. This provides teams the opportunity
to practice real events and emergency situations away
from the clinical setting.
•;One additional area that should be highlighted is that
when interviewing candidates for all staff and management positions, questions should be included in
the interview process regarding the skills, knowledge,
and experience the individuals have regarding a
culture of safety.
What are two or three things that can be imple-
mented to immediately make a positive impact
on creating a culture of safety?
1. Interdisciplinary training on the key components of
a culture of safety and human factors training that
includes a discussion of acceptable behaviors,
attitudes, and responses.
2. Identification of key stakeholders who will form an
interdisciplinary committee that will be responsible
for the implementation of the culture of safety.
All levels of staff must be represented on this