Leading for a Culture of Safety: Part 1

lradick January 31, 2018
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Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States, after heart disease and cancer, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers. More than 250,000 patient deaths annually are caused by medical errors. For healthcare leaders to tackle this alarming statistic head on, they must lead with intent.

Leading for a culture of safety must start at the top of an organization by creating a clear vision for change. It will require internal safety champions who will take a stand for safety, treating it as the utmost priority, and modeling that intent to the entire organization. Equally important, leading for a culture of safety can only be sustained in a just culture—a culture focused on identifying system issues that contribute to errors and harm, without blame. A culture that encourages accountability, without fear of punishment.

How do we keep patients safe? With lives on the line, ACHE stands with you in the call to lead for a culture of safety. We are steadfastly committed to providing you with the tools, best practices and thought leadership you need to measure, build and sustain a culture of safety in your workplace.

Attend Congress. No other educational event will give you access to world-class experts and organizational change makers in patient safety like the 2018 Congress on Healthcare Leadership. These are the leaders who have gone before you and made their organizations safer. Only at Congress can you learn from their collective experience in one place.

Learn from the best. Below are just three of the high-caliber sessions attendees can expect at Congress:

Delve into safety with world-renowned patient safety champion Peter J. Pronovost, MD, PhD, FCCM, with his lecture “Patient Safety Is Everyone’s Job” at the Malcolm T. MacEachern Memorial Lecture and Luncheon. Pronovost is the author of more than 200 articles and chapters on patient safety and is credited with introducing a central line catheter ICU checklist protocol that saved 1,500 lives and $100 million in the state of Michigan during an 18-month period. For a session preview, listen to our recent interview with Pronovost.

Stay current on this issue with “Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Safety,” one of six Hot Topic Sessions. Based on the new report Leading a Culture of Safety: A Blueprint for Success, you’ll learn practical strategies for driving change at every level of the organization from three of our nation’s leading safety experts:

Go deeper with our High-Reliability Healthcare Boot Camp. This interactive, all-day program will take an in-depth look at the organizational requirements and tools needed to launch a high-reliability journey, with the ultimate goal of zero harm. Leading a Culture of Safety: A Blueprint for Success also will be a key element of this discussion. Learn more about this session and the outstanding faculty, M. Michael Shabot, MD, Mark R. Chassin, MD, and Gary R. Yates, MD, in our interview.

Stand with us as we lead for safety. Plan to attend the 2018 Congress on Healthcare Leadership. Together, we can achieve the highest standards for safety. Register now!


Coming soon: Hear more about leading for safety from our “Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Safety” Hot Topic speakers in an upcoming interview! Subscribe to Inside Congress now for access.

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