6 May 2013

FIVE DIMENSIONS OF LEADERSHIP NEEDED TO ACHIEVE AN EFFECTIVE PATIENT SAFETY INITIATIVE

Positive leadership is the central requirement to developing, launching and maintaining an effective patient safety initiative. Scott J. Ellner, D.O., vice chairman of surgery and director of surgical quality at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Conn., led a patient safety initiative that reduced the operating room’s infection rates by 75 percent.

Dr. Ellner names five dimensions of leadership needed to achieve an effective patient safety initiative:

  • Alignment: Identifying those who are aligned with the patient safety initiative and then focusing on those more resistant to change
  • Self-awareness: Understanding your leadership style and using it to empower team members to drive improvement
  • Team-building: Building trust amongst team members as well as a positive environment where people feel safe reporting near misses and adverse events
  • Leading up: Communicating effectively with senior executives of the organization
  • Leading across: Communicating effectively with front-line workers across the organization

To get an in-depth look at these five dimensions of effectively establishing a successful patient safety initiative, visit http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/quality/5-leadership-dimensions-needed-for-patient-safety-initiatives.html

Is your facility implementing a positive leadership environment in order to achieve optimum patient safety?