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Common Features of Positive Healthcare Worker Safety Culture

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Common features of positive healthcare worker safety culture include:

  • Recognition of differences in practice environments and dynamic systems
  • Trust, reporting errors, peer intervention, improved learning, and engagement in work
  • Foundational value to lessen harm to patients and providers using basic safety science principles, hazard controls, and best practices
  • Actions to build and foster resiliency, continuous support, and feedback
  • Opportunities to improve safety culture and climate (e.g., safe introduction of new processes and technologies; organizational vigilance for needed resources)
  • Standards for prevention of workplace injuries and good working environments
  • Situational awareness and mindfulness – know what you don’t know (DiCuccio, 2015; TJC, 2012; AHRQ, 2019)