Assignment 05 CT – 520
· In this assignment you will write a report on the significance of patient safety and the impact of organizational culture on quality and safety initiatives. Share quality and safety experiences that you have encountered in your current or former organization.
· You will also create a one-page questionnaire designed to survey co-workers on the organization’s patient safety culture. It will consist of Likert Scale questions. Review the following website for more information on Likert Scaling:
Your well-written assignment should meet the following requirements:
· Two-page report, not including the cover or reference pages.
· One-page questionnaire, with 12-15 Likert Scale questions.
· Formatted per APA and standards.
· Provide support for your work with in-text citations from a minimum of four scholarly articles. Two of these sources may be from the class readings, textbook, or lectures, but two must be external.
· Provide full APA references for the sources used, along with appropriate in-text citations.
· Utilize headings to organize the content in your work
Patient Safety Culture
Patient safety entails those groups of actions that are driven towards the elimination, reduction and mitigation of the adverse results that are produced as a result of the consequence of the healthcare process (Arimany & Martin, 2017). In the field of nursing, patient safety has been a matter of urgency and progressive in its improvement. Clinical officers as well as other medical practitioners are urged to be more concern on this basic health issue since globally, many death cases as a result of patient safety failures have been witnessed.
Patient safety plays an important role in nursing and other medical practices. Medical provision and health care have been known to have improved significantly with the adoption of this practice. Nurses and other medical practitioners have become more careful when handling patients by asking them on their allergic conditions among other health related questions to ascertaining their health conditions before taking them through treatment. Also, the issue of patient safety has reduced the suffering of patients in the hands of medical practitioners which in the past had been very rampant. This is because patients in most cases have to go through suffering and more health problems which are as a result of the carelessness or negligence on the part of medical practitioners (Arimany & Martin, 2017).
Moreover, through patient safety, the cases of deaths which had be on the surge before have significantly reduce. This is because medical practitioners have taken a step to ensure infections as a result of their failure is minimal. Finally, cost on patient safety failures have also reduced. Individuals, families and governments have saved more as a result of reduction in the cases of such failures. This is a boost to the medical sector since more resources will, thus, be allocated to other critical areas of health concern and, thus, more lives saved.
Organizational culture forms the basis on which quality and safety initiatives can be formulated and implemented in an organization. With a reliable organizational culture the risk of patient safety failures can be minimized. Therefore, organizational culture affects quality and safety initiatives by creating a continuous attitude to improvement in healthcare, developing a learning culture to quality and safety in the health sector, taking in highly trained and rewarded health staff, enabling flexibility to deal with change in health care, and finally creating collective mindfulness about safety issues (The Health Foundation, 2012).