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Advancing a culture of safety to deliver highly reliable healthcare

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While the concept of providing safe patient care is traced back to Hippocrates’ “first, do no harm” more than 2,000 years ago, it wasn’t until the 1990s that patient safety gained visibility as a strategic imperative. Since the 1999 To Err Is Human report by the Institute of Medicine, patient safety has evolved into a diverse and complex field within healthcare.

Providing a safe care environment touches on all facets of healthcare. Because of the depth and breadth of the patient safety field, organizations can struggle with focusing resources and establishing priorities.3 Developing a strong culture of safety at all levels of an organization should be the first step toward delivering highly reliable patient care.

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About the Author

Steve Brewer
Steve Brewer MBA, CMPE, FACHE
Senior Healthcare Executive