How To Talk About Safety

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It is well recognised that the transition period from medical student to qualified doctor is a particularly demanding...
The NHS is one of the largest employers in the world employing 1.7 million people (Telegraph, 2012).  During a 36-hour...
The role of human factors in healthcare has long been recognised and has been studied in detail over the past decade...
Author (s): Dr Ifan Lewis and Dr Mark Stacey

The NHS is one of the largest employers in the world employing 1.7 million people (Telegraph, 2012).  During a 36-hour period, over 1 million patients will be seen by a myriad of different healthcare workers.  It is perhaps not surprising then that some mistakes will be made.  In the year 2000 around 10% of hospital in-patients suffered an adverse event that was deemed avoidable (Department of Health, 2000).  A further systematic review in 2008 found a median incidence of adverse events of 9.8% - interestingly 43% of these were judged preventable (De Vries, 2008).  As medical educators it is therefore imperative that we talk with our trainees about human factors and safety.  In this How To we introduce some of the concepts associated with safety and how to think and deal with safety in healthcare settings.

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