In this thought paper, Dr Carol Peden offers reflections on the measurement and monitoring of safety from the perspective of a practising clinician based at a busy district general hospital.
This study examines the implementation of safety huddles and analyses key social, cultural and organisational aspects that are important in creating effective safety huddles. The paper presents a model of a tiered-huddle system that has been implemented at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, USA, and provides a useful analysis of the ways in which safety huddles can impact patient safety.
One of the earliest references to human factors in the healthcare literature dates back to 1957 and calls for equipment to be designed in terms of human capabilities and limitations.
This paper by Emma Nunez and Patrick Mitchell examines the role of human factors in tackling the human and organisational factors around patient safety. It includes the key roles of staff and how to develop organisational resilience.