Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 40, Issue 9, pp 1545–1551

Safety coaches in radiology: decreasing human error and minimizing patient harm

Authors

  • Julie M. Dickerson
    • Department of Radiology, MLC 5031Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Bernadette L. Koch
    • Department of Radiology, MLC 5031Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
    • Department of PediatricsCincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Janet M. Adams
    • Department of Radiology, MLC 5031Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Martha A. Goodfriend
    • Department of Quality ImprovementCincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
    • Department of Radiology, MLC 5031Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
    • Department of PediatricsCincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Practice Innovation

DOI: 10.1007/s00247-010-1704-9

Cite this article as:
Dickerson, J.M., Koch, B.L., Adams, J.M. et al. Pediatr Radiol (2010) 40: 1545. doi:10.1007/s00247-010-1704-9

Abstract

Successful programs to improve patient safety require a component aimed at improving safety culture and environment, resulting in a reduced number of human errors that could lead to patient harm. Safety coaching provides peer accountability. It involves observing for safety behaviors and use of error prevention techniques and provides immediate feedback. For more than a decade, behavior-based safety coaching has been a successful strategy for reducing error within the context of occupational safety in industry. We describe the use of safety coaches in radiology. Safety coaches are an important component of our comprehensive patient safety program.

Keywords

Patient safetySafety coachesSafety culture

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