Culture Pathogens

In culture, safety on December 23, 2011 at 9:23 am

It is ironic that in healthcare cultures refer to the test that helps us identify pathogens that allow us to save lives and also to the environment in which we practice which can also help us save lives.

In a previous post, I presented the link to AHRQs latest Hospital SOPS (Survey of Patient Safety culture). Of particular concern were the safety culture perceptions of nurses in the northeast USA.
This latest article involves nurses in the Northeast UK.
“MORE than one in four nurses in the North-east have been discouraged from raising concerns about patient safety, according to a survey.
Nurses from across the North-east and Cumbria voiced their fears about reporting concerns over the quality of patient care as some of the 3,000 members of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) nationwide who were surveyed. The research, involving private healthcare and NHS workers, highlighted a worrying number who said they had been told by their managers not to report their concerns. A significant number also said that when they reported their concerns over patient safety and quality of care issues, no action was taken by management.
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How powerful is hospital culture? So powerful it overrides racial and national culture as nurses in the UK and the USA are having the same perceptions around the existing culture of safety.

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