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J Nurs Care Qual. 2009 Jan-Mar;24(1):76-82. doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e31818f5595.

Improving patient safety: patient-focused, high-reliability team training.

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Acute and Chronic Care Department, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Nursing, 877 Madison Ave, Suite 600, Memphis, TN 38163, USA.


Healthcare systems are recognizing "human factor" flaws that result in adverse outcomes. Nurses work around system failures, although increasing healthcare complexity makes this harder to do without risk of error. Aviation and military organizations achieve ultrasafe outcomes through high-reliability practice. We describe how reliability principles were used to teach nurses to improve patient safety at the front line of care. Outcomes include safety-oriented, teamwork communication competency; reflections on safety culture and clinical leadership are discussed.

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