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Jonathan Flanders

Jonathan Flanders, MHSA, BSMT, MT (ASCP) is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at Juran Institute in Southbury, CT.

Patient safety: What is your definition?

What is patient safety? Is it a philosophy, a metric, a program? Similar to accountability and just culture, many healthcare organizations are struggling to translate these commonly used buzz words and popular patient safety initiatives into behaviors and beliefs that are important and therefore practiced at the bedside.

Patient safety means something to all levels of the organization that I believe should start at the bedside and work its way up. Patient safety is the beliefs, behaviors, norms, and environment where patient care can be provided error free, and where safety is placed ahead of all other priorities. [more]