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3-Minute Turnover - December 2018 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 1 3 7 C reating a culture of safety demands more than performing time outs and signing surgical sites. It requires raising staff awareness about protecting patients, identifying strengths and areas of needed culture improvement, and measuring how new initiatives improve patient safety. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has done the heavy lifting for you by creating the Ambulatory Surgery Center Survey on Patient Safety Culture (see "Take the ASC Survey on Patient Safety Culture"). The 30-question survey asks staff to check 1 of 5 boxes — which gauge their feedback from "never" to "always" — next to a variety of safety-related questions, such as how comfortable they feel speaking Safety Kecia Norling, RN, MBA, CNOR, CASC • GROUP PARTICIPATION Staff surveys provide invaluable insights into ways you can protect patients from harm. Need Help Establishing a Culture of Safety? This survey self-assessment tool will identify areas of needed improvement.

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