Patient safety: a view from the top.

Research paper by Julianne M JM Morath

Indexed on: 28 Nov '06Published on: 28 Nov '06Published in: Pediatric Clinics of North America


The view of patient safety from the top encompasses vision, a long-range horizon, and fluency in the current state of system performance. Leadership in patient safety is an active process that demonstrates actions derived from safety as a value. It requires leaders who are accountable, responsible, knowledgeable, vigilant, and directly engaged. Patient safety is not a portfolio of work for leaders to preside over; rather, it is a core strategy of the organization and the health care industry that demands involvement. Patient safety is the work of leaders in this generation of health care: our watch, our time, and our work in achieving the delivery of harm-free care to children.