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Does safety climate make sense in hospitals of a developing country?

Author(s): Mahmood Nekoei-Moghadam | Mohammadreza Amiresmaili

Journal: Electronic Physician
ISSN 2008-5842

Volume: 4;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 544;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Patient’s safety | Safety climate | Safety culture

Introduction: Healthcare as a high hazard industry, should work to enhance their patient safety. To achieve thisobjective, they first have to identify their existing safety climate status.Methods: This study was conducted in summer of 2010. We assessed safety climate Using Hospital Survey OnPatient Safety Culture (HSOPSC). 385 employees of three teaching hospitals affiliated with Kerman University ofMedical Sciences participated in the study. The results were expressed as percentage of positive answers towardpatient safety.Results: Patient safety culture scores were low to average in all dimensions. Supervisor expectations and actionspromoting patient safety and teamwork within units received the highest scores in all three hospitals, while nonpunitive response to error attained the least score in studied hospitals.Conclusion: The studied hospitals, relying on their strengths concerning patient’s safety climate and trying toresolve their weaknesses, would be able to create a safe and suitable environment which supports patient safety.Establishing a system for reporting errors, encouraging staff to report events and applying non- punitive response toprevent the errors are suggested.
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