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  • Workforce Safety Panel: Obstacles to Becoming a High Reliability Workforce

    Added on Nov 1, 2018

    By Andrea Fitzgerald, Staff Writer

    A group of safety and patient experience experts from Press Ganey discuss the progress that health care organizations have made and the next steps required to become as safe as High Reliability Organizations (HROs) in aviation, nuclear power and other industries. In part I of a seven-part series, they consider what the top obstacles are that keep the health care workforce from achieving the same levels of safety as an HRO workforce.

  • Be a Safety Fanatic

    Added on Sep 10, 2018

    By Dr. James Merlino, Chief Transformation Officer

    If avoidable harm were a disease, it would be the third leading cause of death in the United States, right after heart disease and cancer. To advance the mission of eliminating preventable harm in health care, we must all become safety fanatics. Together, we can protect patients, support our colleagues and do what is right.

  • The Patient Experience and Health Care Transformation: A Bonded Pair

    Added on Aug 2, 2018

    By Diana Mahoney, Editorial Director

    Leaders of high-performing organizations know, from their own experiences, that health care quality, health system efficiency, and the likelihood that patients will continue seeking care from their organization are integral to—not independent from—the patient experience.

  • Taking Action to Prevent Workplace Violence in Health Care

    Added on Jun 20, 2018

    Emily Halu, RN, MSN, Press Ganey Consultant

    An acute care nurse uses her own experience with workplace violence to offer health care leaders actionable tips for protecting their workers and creating cultures of safety and High Reliability.

  • Surgical Services Process Improvement: A Holistic Approach

    Added on May 3, 2018

    By Adam Higman, DHA, FACHE, Partner, Press Ganey Strategic Consulting

    Given the interdependency of surgery, patient safety and hospital revenue, surgical services process improvement has become a key strategic priority for many organizations. To achieve meaningful and sustained improvements in quality, productivity and safety, organizations should adopt a holistic approach that focuses on three areas: safety culture, education and process improvement.

  • Speaking Up for Safety: The Importance of Reporting Safety Events

    Added on Jan 2, 2018

    Craig Clapper, PE, CQM-OE, Partner, Press Ganey Consulting Services

    Reporting a safety event is essential in building a safety culture, driving the reliability of care delivery, and achieving the ultimate goal of zero harm. By creating a system of safety instead of relying on isolated interventions, safety leaders can ensure the safety and transparency of reporting safety events.

  • Psychological Safety Characterizes High-Performing Teams

    Added on Jun 5, 2017

    By Shannon Vincent, Manager, Engagement Consulting Services

    Many efforts to improve safety are built on the principles of High Reliability and Lean methodology, with the aim of reducing variation and creating an environment in which errors and accidents are less likely to occur. To be successful, these efforts must be supported by a solid foundation through which caregivers have clear expectations for how processes are to be carried out, sufficient training to develop the necessary skill set, an understanding of how they will be held accountable, and strategies to use when they notice an oversight or mistake that could lead to a larger problem.

  • Patient Safety 24/7/365

    Added on Mar 16, 2017

    By Craig Clapper, PE, CMQ/OE, Partner, Press Ganey Consulting Services

    This week, March 12 to 18, is Patient Safety Awareness Week, an annual education and awareness campaign for health care safety led by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF).

  • When Technology Fails – Enter Proficiency, Persistence, and Resilience

    Added on Jun 18, 2016

    Written by David Edgington, Major General (ret), USAF

  • Safety Leadership: A Quintessential Model

    Added on Jun 16, 2016

    Quintessential leadership puts safety first in every thought and act.

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