Putting Healthcare Worker Safety at the Heart of Patient SafetyFind Out More
Healthcare Workers and Patients
How are Patient Safety and Healthcare Worker Safety interrelated?
The COVID-19 pandemic has provided a stark reminder of the vital role healthcare professionals play in providing care to those in our society who need it most, helping to shine a light on the fact that only when healthcare worker’s are safe can patients be safe.
The Campaign has highlighted eight key areas where poor Healthcare Worker Safety standards have an impact on the quality of care given to patients.
Burn outLong hours, a high workload, fatigue and stress can all cause burn out.
Blame cultureThe culture of assigning blame when things go wrong deters staff from speaking up about safety issues.
Second victimsHCW’s involved in Patient Safety incidents are often traumatized as they feel personally responsible for the event, having a negative effect on their performance.
Education & trainingImproved education and training can help break down barriers to providing safe care.
Breakdowns in processThese can include a lack of critical information, the misinterpretation of information, unclear orders and overlooked changes in status.
Medication errorsMedication errors constitute the highest number of adverse events in hospitals, not only in terms of number, but as well in morbidity and mortality.
Transmissible diseasesSurface, airborne and bloodborne viruses are all spread through insufficient infection prevention control measures and inadequate safety equipment.
Hazardous substancesLong-term exposure to hazardous medicinal products can cause can cancer and fertility problems.
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