Creating spaces in intensive care for safe communication: a video-reflexive ethnographic study

January 28, 2015

Source:  BMJ Quality & Safety 23/12 pp. 1007-13

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Date of publication:  December 2014

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell: This study says that the built environment in acute care settings is a new focus in patient safety research. This was an interventionist video-reflexive ethnographic (VRE) study, exploring how clinicians used the built environment to achieve safe communication in an intensive care unit (ICU) in a hospital in Sydney. The authors found that ICU staff enable safe communication in their wards by creating temporary spaces that are both ‘connected’ and ‘protected’.

Length of Publication:  1 web page

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Do large-scale hospital- and system-wide interventions improve patient outcomes: a systematic review

October 29, 2014

Source:  BMC Health Services Research 14/1 pp.369

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Date of publication:  September 2014

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell: The authors of this review assessed the impact of hospital and system-wide interventions to improve patient safety. Studies which measured outcomes two years after implementation or more were more likely to show improved outcomes. It was difficult to assess the impact of organisational culture or other determinants. Effective leadership and clinical champions, adequate financial and educational resources and dedicated promotional activities may have a significant impact.

Length of Publication:  1 web page