The patient's role in hospital safety
from The Huffington Post
Most hospitals are working hard to create a "safety culture" (a term coined by the nuclear industry after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986) to attain the levels of safety of commercial airlines and nuclear power plants. But patients must also make efforts to protect themselves, for two reasons. First, consistent safety is still years away (e.g., in May 2013, the non-profit safety group Leapfrog awarded 31 percent of hospitals an "A" grade for safety, 25 percent a "B" grade, 37 percent a "C" grade and 7 percent a "D" or "F" grade). Second, sharing in ownership of safety by those who are at risk is a critical component of safety cultures.
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