Latent risk factors in operating theatres and intensive care units

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Latent risk factors in operating theatres and intensive care units

Title: Latent risk factors in operating theatres and intensive care units
Author: Beuzekom, Martie van
Publisher: Department of Anesthesiology, Faculty of Medicine, Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), Leiden University
Issue Date: 2012-10-02
Keywords: Patient safety
Operating room
Intensive Care Unit
Job satisfaction
Human factors
Abstract: The safety of an organization can be improved by investigating and correcting the many processes that shape performance at the “sharp end”. Errors do not occur of themselves, but arise within the context of the work environment. Where the environment is one that makes errors by individuals more likely, we can identify the underlying problems that will have been present in the system, often recognized but long tolerated. The factors that make errors more likely, can be characterized as Latent Risk Factors (LRFs). The prospective identification of LRFs can lead to removal of error-inducing conditions before they can contribute to patient injury. Identifying LRFs will improve patient safety by improving the conditions that set the working environment for the occurrence of errors. Interventions aimed at unfavorable LRFs may contribute to patient safety in the Operating Theatre. Staff from Operating Theatre and Intensive Care Unit is able to detect these shortcomings but differ in their scope of the present risks. Unfavorable LRFs can act as stressful triggers at the workplace. If staff cannot control such stress this may negatively affect their well-being. The key to a healthy workplace is to control the deficiencies in the structure of the working environment.
Description: Promotor: A. Dahan, Co-Promotores: F. Boer, S.P. Akerboom
With Summary in Dutch
Faculty: LUMC
ISBN: 9789490858131

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