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Guest Editor: Create a Culture of Safety
Commitment, consistency and collaboration are critical factors in providing the safest level of care.
Colleen Becker, PhD, MSN, RN, CCRN-K
Publish Date: October 18, 2022   |  Tags:   Opinion Patient Safety Staff Safety Workplace Culture Staffing

This special issue of Outpatient Surgery Magazine is dedicated to safety from both the patient and the staff perspectives. It’s a topic that is near and dear to me for many reasons. As a nurse with more 30 years’ experience working at a large academic medical center — 11 of which were spent as the executive director of perioperative services for two ambulatory surgery center service lines — I’ve dedicated my life to keeping my staff and patients safe. We constantly hear the phrase “culture of safety” used to describe the environment within the OR, but it bears repeating that high-reliability organizations with such a culture in place all share the following four key features:

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