Publication type: Book part
Type of review: Editorial review
Title: Case study : more patient safety by design : system-based approaches for hospitals
Authors: Kobler, Irene
Angerer, Alfred
Schwappach, David
et. al: No
DOI: 10.1108/S1474-823120190000018001
Published in: Structural Approaches to Address Issues in Patient Safety
Editors of the parent work: Moffatt-Bruce, Susan D.
Pages: 1
Pages to: 17
Issue Date: 2019
Series: Advances in health care management
Series volume: 18
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Emerald
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Bingley
ISBN: 978-1-83867-085-6
Language: English
Subjects: Information dissemination; Medical error; Patient safety; System-based intervention
Subject (DDC): 362.11: Hospitals and related institutions
Abstract: Since the publication of the report “To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System” by the US Institute of Medicine in 2000, much has changed with regard to patient safety. Many of the more recent initiatives to improve patient safety target the behavior of health care staff (e.g., training, double-checking procedures, and standard operating procedures). System-based interventions have so far received less attention, even though they produce more substantial improvements, being less dependent on individuals’ behavior. One type of system-based intervention that can benefit patient safety involves improvements to hospital design. Given that people’s working environments affect their behavior, good design at a systemic level not only enables staff to work more efficiently; it can also prevent errors and mishaps, which can have serious consequences for patients. While an increasing number of studies have demonstrated the effect of hospital design on patient safety, this knowledge is not easily accessible to clinicians, practitioners, risk managers, and other decision-makers, such as designers and architects of health care facilities. This is why the Swiss Patient Safety Foundation launched its project, “More Patient Safety by Design: Systemic Approaches for Hospitals,” which is presented in this chapter.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: School of Management and Law
Organisational Unit: Winterthur Institute of Health Economics (WIG)
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