In a recent micro survey hosted by 3S Consulting Group and featured within the WOC Skin Weekly® digital publication, respondents were asked to report trends in Culture of Safety Priorities.
Culture of safety in health care is a risk prevention practice which is essential in identifying hazards, carrying out mitigation techniques, and periodically reevaluating the process to ensure it is still working properly.
Within the clinical subgroups that treat patients with wounds, culture of safety priorities can vary. In a recent study, we surveyed 263 clinicians from nine clinical subgroups on their culture safety priorities.
87% reported that preventing patient skin injury was their top culture of safety priority, followed by preventing hospital acquired infections, and preventing falls. This sample clearly places significantly greater importance on patient related safety objectives vs. employee related safety objectives.
Looking further into this sample, in the category of clinicians classified as ‘other’ (n=34), which includes; WCC, CNS, DNP, and LNA, preventing patient skin injury is their top culture of safety priority as well, followed by preventing hospital-acquired infections. However, for the third most important culture of safety priority amongst this group of clinicians, equal level of importance was placed on preventing falls and preventing employee-related injuries. This is important to note as all other clinical subgroups surveyed prioritized preventing falls over employee-related injuries.
Finally, LPNs (n=5), Podiatrists (n=6), and Physical Therapists (n=3) surveyed reported that preventing hospital acquired infections and preventing patient skin injury is equally as important, followed by preventing falls.
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