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It’s About Safety…..not maintaining ‘margin’ July 14, 2013

Posted by mariemanthey in Leadership, Professional Practice, Thought for today.
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Good crew supervisors do not focus on safety (what?) but rather on good supervision, crew cohesion, and work ethics.   Safety is the result.   Supervisors who constantly talk about safety have more accidents than those who focus on working relationships.  ….safety has to be built into the system and is a byproduct of deeper personal and organizational commitments.

These comments are from an article re. safety for forest firemen.   The current healthcare system obsession with bureaucratic mechanisms to ensure patient safety are adding complexity and chaos to an already chaotic system…..thereby  actually increasing the incidence of errors.    We need to use good supervision (not fear-based control), healthy staff teamwork and strong work ethics in health care just as they do with their firefighting crews.

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