Workforce Safety: The Imperative for Patient Safety
Monday, October 27, 2014
Posted by: Mark Alpert
Since early 2013, the National Patient Safety Foundation has publicly urged health care organizations to take steps to ensure the physical and psychological safety of those caring for patients and families. In light of concerns about Ebola, NPSF continues to take the position that workforce safety is inextricably linked to patient safety. In 2013 the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute issued a report that emphasizes this pooint and and provides recommendations related to improving the physical and emotional well-being of the health care workforce.
Click here for this free, downloadable report, Through the Eyes of the Workforce: Creating Joy, Meaning, and Safer Health Care and a companion webcast.
Those familiar with the Foundation’s vision, mission, and history recognize that NPSF has also consistently called for health care organizations to promote a safety culture, where everyone not only feels free to raise issues related to patient or worker safety, but is in fact obligated to do so in as part of a learning environment. We are supportive of any health professionals or health workers who speak up for safety. That is one reason why we have for years hosted a public forum on our website, open to all, regardless of affiliation or allegiance.
Our health care systems have made progress on workforce safety, but evidence suggests that there are substantial opportunities to heighten awareness and advance the goal of workforce safety as an imperative for health care leaders and providers. While attention to workforce safety has been escalated by Ebola, our health care policy makers, leaders, and providers must prioritize workforce safety as an everyday/everyone imperative.
Our thoughts continue to be with all patients, families, and health care workers around the world who are dealing with the profound public health challenge of Ebola.