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Queasy Feeling - April 2017 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 3 4 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • A P R I L 2 0 1 7 A nesthes- iologist Kenneth P. Rothfield, MD, MBA, CPPS, can hardly wait to hand $500 to a housekeeper who tells a doctor, "You forgot to wash your hands." Some context: He's referring to a patient-safety award his employer started in 2015. The award grew out of a workplace culture designed to empower and encourage every team member — from the newly hired housekeeper to the longest-tenured surgeon — to speak up if they see something that might contribute to an adverse patient outcome. Dr. Rothfield points to one statistic as proof that every healthcare organization needs to make the prevention of avoidable errors "not only a priority but the priority": As many as 250,000 Americans die each year as a result of medical errors — the third leading cause of death in the United States, behind only heart disease and cancer, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But how do you go from prioritizing safety to creating a culture? It begins SURGICAL ERRORS Safety Starts at the Top Leadership is the first key to error prevention. Bill Donahue Senior Editor • LOOKING UP Your OR staff will see how your facility's leaders prioritize patient safety and follow their example.

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