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Safety Counts!, a newsletter highlighting safety at Hallmark Health System
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Cornerstone Academy session focuses on safety
Safety guru John Nance is keynote speaker
Statistically, a hospital stay is riskier than an airline flight. It’s been shown that hospitals that adapt and implement the kinds of safety checks and procedures used in the airline industry can measurably improve patient safety.
This was the main theme of the Hallmark Health System (HHS) Cornerstone Academy on Oct. 30, attended by nearly 250 managers, physician leaders and members of the HHS Board of Trustees.
John Nance, a respected expert on aviation and patient safety, was the featured speaker. Many of his remarks were based on his book Why Hospitals Should Fly. Among the key take-away lessons from this Cornerstone Academy were:
- We must create a culture in which everyone feels empowered and supported in speaking up without fear of retribution if they are concerned about a potential issue that could cause harm.
- Reporting of errors or “near misses” is not grounded in failure but in improvement. The aviation industry’s robust reporting system of what could go wrong has proven to be a key element in airline safety improvements.
- All of us should see ourselves as leaders in the area of patient safety, “and be the kind of leader others – including youself! – would want to follow,” said Johna Wasdyke, HHS director of Human Resources and a key organizer of the event.
- Know harm and do no harm.
The day-long event also included a screening of the documentary film Chasing Zero: Winning the War on Healthcare Harm, hosted and narrated by actor Dennis Quaid,whose newborn twins nearly died from a medication error. The film supports a call to action for health care leaders to create systems that protect patient safety. The 50-minute film is available for viewing in department meetings and as a link on NetLearning.
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