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Talk to the Experts - Considerations in Establishing a Safety Program

G Kim1*, T Pawlicki2*, B Schuller3*, L Schubert4*, (1) University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, (2) UC San Diego, La Jolla, CA, (3) SCL Health, Denver, CO, (4) University of Colorado Denver, Aurora, CO


(Sunday, 3/31/2019) 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Room: Osceola Ballroom C

Establishing a safety culture and implementing safety initiatives, such as incident learning or prospective safety assessment techniques, is challenging to achieve in practice. It involves changes to staff member’s practices, behaviors, and attitudes. What are the strategies to successfully implement safety initiatives and maintain staff engagement?

In this interactive session, panel members will share their experiences implementing safety initiatives in their clinics. They will provide tips for success, and discuss challenges and lessons learned. Each panel member will represent various perspectives and experiences. The first speaker will describe how to successfully establish a safety program in an academic environment, and the second speaker will discuss the unique considerations in a community setting. The last speaker will discuss methods for overcoming barriers and techniques for rolling out interdisciplinary change.

Following the presentations, the moderators will facilitate an interactive dialogue among panelists, then open the discussion and incite questions and comments from the floor.

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand how to implement solutions to improve patient safety
2. Discuss problems and issues in measuring and reporting safety.
3. Become aware of the range of tolls, solutions and strategies for motivating changes to improve patient safety.


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