Patient Safety Executive Walkarounds

Patient Safety Executive Walkarounds

 

Steven P Feitelberg, MD

Summer 2006 - Volume 10 Number 2

https://doi.org/10.7812/TPP/05-137

Abstract

The KP Patient Safety Executive Walkarounds Program in the KP San Diego Service Area was developed to provide routine opportunities for senior KP leaders, staff, and clinicians to discuss patient safety concerns proactively, working closely with our labor partners to foster a culture of safety that supports our staff and physicians. Throughout the KP San Diego Service Area, the Walkarounds program plays a major part in promoting responsible identification and reporting of patient safety issues. Because each staff member has an equal voice in discussing patient safety concerns, the program enables all employees--union and nonunion alike--to engage directly in discussions about improving patient safety. The KPSC leadership has recognized this program as a major demonstration that the leadership supports patient safety and promotes reporting of safety issues in a "just culture."

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