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Five Disciplines for Zero Patient Harm: How High Reliability Happens

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Safe care for every patient, in every setting, every time. Is this really an achievable goal for all healthcare organizations?

Yes, it is. The vast majority of occurrences of harm to patients during their care are preventable. But simply aiming for improvement won't do; healthcare organizations must reset their patient safety goal to zero patient harm.

Five Disciplines for Zero Patient Harm: How High Reliability Happens offers real-world, how-to guidance for driving fundamental change that consistently achieves safe patient care. Drawing on best practices from high-hazard industries such as aviation, nuclear power, and air traffic control, this book details the safety habits and disciplines that are ingrained in such organizations' cultures and behaviors. Specifically, five disciplines of performance excellence, when consistently applied to healthcare organizations, can save lives and protect patients from harm:
Prepare for excellent performance through simulation, deliberate practice, and training.Apply proven offensive strategies that exhibit consistent, excellent individual and team performance.Minimize both individual and team errors through immediate feedback and coach interventions.Employ strong defensive strategies that effectively block the potential negative effects of errors, latent hazards, and emerging threats.Coach individuals and teams to achieve consistent, excellent performance in the first four disciplines.Zero preventable patient harm can be the norm, not the stretch goal, when the practices and action steps in this comprehensive resource are implemented. Five Disciplines for Zero Patient Harm provides an evidence-based guide for hospitals and healthcare systems to transform unsafe behaviors into safe behaviors and safe behaviors into safe habits. That's how high reliability happens.

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