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Integrating Risk Management Activities Into a Patient Safety Program

BOOTHMAN, RICHARD C. JD; BLACKWELL, AMY C. JD

Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology: September 2010 - Volume 53 - Issue 3 - pp 576-585
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3181eeaf42
Medical Errors And Safety Systems

A departmental culture that encourages continuous quality care and honest, critical introspection is pivotal to patient safety. Risk management enriches departmental quality efforts, providing evidence-based direction and flag vulnerabilities. Quality leaders should establish a close relationship with risk management, be aware of the risk management resources available, and communicate clear expectations for staff and risk management personnel for the collection and use of information acquired by risk management relating to near misses, unexpected outcomes, and medical errors. Integrating risk management resources into department-wide patient safety program can result in higher quality patient care, safer departmental staff, and lower risk.

Department of Surgery, Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Correspondence: Richard C. Boothman, JD, Department of Surgery, C-201 Med Inn, 1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48130-0825 E-mail: boothman@med.umich.edu

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