The safest healthcare organizations are those that have transformed their organizational culture to one focused on safety. Safe hospitals not only implement safety processes and procedures, but maintain the vigilant attitude and ongoing commitment needed to prevent adverse events at their facilities.
How does your facility rank? We’ve put together a list of the top 20 signs your organization has a strong culture of safety:

The executive leaders of your organization are on the front lines, educating staff and communicating the safety directives of the organization.
Executives meet individually with their own internal organizations on a regular basis to ensure departmental goals are on track with your organization’s overarching safety goals.
Directors and managers within your healthcare organization have clear direction, communication and leadership from those above.
Cross-functional teams are continuously working to find solutions for patient safety issues.
Everyone in your facility is aware of the risks inherent in the work the organization does, so they understand why improving safety is the highest priority.
All employees, at every level, are involved in developing a safety system with consistent rules and guidelines across the organization.
Employees are encouraged to prioritize safety over any other corporate goal including cost savings and productivity.
Leaders create an open environment where adverse events or near misses are discussed in regularly scheduled educational sessions.
Employees have a safe way to report concerns.
Staff is responsible for creating a safe work environment and is empowered to take the necessary actions to improve safety.
Your facility works to recruit and retain driven, patient-focused professionals who are fully supportive of the organization’s safety goals.
Leaders are focused on improving the system rather than on placing blame when a problem occurs.
No one, not even physicians, administrative staff or C-suite executives are allowed to bypass safety policies.
Your facility has established benchmarks so safety goals are well defined, and progress can be measured.
The success of safety initiatives, as well as areas where more improvements are needed, are well communicated throughout your organization.
C-suite executives and board members make patient safety rounds at least once per week and visit different patient care units to discuss safety with department heads and staff.
Learning and continuous improvement are valued across your organization.
Leadership continuously reinforces the belief that the organization is one team that must work together in order to successfully meet safety initiatives.
Your organization understands that everyone who enters the facility can affect patient safety, so they work to ensure that every person has gone through a thorough, but relevant, screening and verification process based on their role.
Improving patient safety is seen as a journey, not a program that ends once certain goals have been reached.

If your facility is not currently showing the signs of a safety culture, we can help you reach your goals. With IntelliCentrics SEC3URE, healthcare organizations can for the first time, credential and privilege every individual who enters any healthcare facility. Inspired by the long standing practice of privileging medical staff, SEC3URE allows healthcare administrators to apply this concept to every individual– ultimately resulting in a safer and more secure environment.

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