PROMOTING A SAFE ENVIRONMENT OF CARE
• Describe the scope of the environment of care
• Discuss the importance of using multidisciplinary teams to communicate issues of environmental safety
• Explain how the environment might have a negative and positive influence on clinical care
• Discuss reasons to involve the CFO, clinicians, quality management, engineering, and safety personnel in designing patient care areas
• Describe the value of using measures to monitor the safety of the environment
Most discussions of patient safety focus on the clinical issues involved in the delivery of care. However, patient safety can be seriously compromised if the environment in which the care takes place is not properly maintained. ...