Bridging the gap between healthcare worker and patient safety

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

May 14, 2014

Those in the patient safety field may not think about their fellow healthcare workers on a day-to-day basis, but perhaps it's time they did. Although the two worlds don't often mix, employee health experts are making a case that improving the health and safety of hospital employees has clear benefits for patient safety and quality care.
 
The correlation is fairly simple: Workers who feel safer are able to focus more closely on patient care. Therefore, improving worker safety can have a very legitimate impact on adherence to patient safety best practices. In fact, many of the same best practices that employee health and safety experts use in preventing workplace injuries are transferrable to the patient safety world, says Andrew Levinson, MPH, deputy director of OSHA's Directorate of Standards and Guidance in Washington, D.C.
 
This is an excerpt from an article in the May issue of Patient Safety Monitor Journal.
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