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Are Our Medical Centers Doing Enough to Insure Patient Safety?

The podcast Perspectives on Safety explores patient outcomes and nurse work environments with “the nation’s foremost expert on health policy and the nursing workforce.”

March 1, 2018 - Download: (Aiken-podcast.mp3 | 10 MB | 7 minutes, 5 seconds )

Speaking about how nurse staffing and the work environment can affect patient safety and outcomes, Dr. Aiken said that slow progress improving patient safety is the source of widespread failure of hospitals to transform nurse work environments proposed by the Institute of Medicine* (IOM), “Keeping Patients Safe: Transforming the Nurse Work Enviroments.” The basic thesis being that it would not be possible to keep patients safe unless the quality of the nurse work environment was substantially improved. Pointing to CHOPR research findings since the 2004 IOM series was published, Aiken said, We have empirical evidence through 2016 that suggests the culture of patient safety in hospitals has not changed enough, which explains why we haven’t achieved the gains in reducing patient harm we were all aiming for.”

*In June 2015, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) was renamed the National Academy of Medicine.