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Asian Journal of Nursing Education and Research
Year : 2017, Volume : 7, Issue : 4
First page : ( 509) Last page : ( 514)
Print ISSN : 2231-1149. Online ISSN : 2349-2996.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2349-2996.2017.00100.8

Patient safety culture in Intensive Care Units

Mrs. Ramya K.R*

Assistant Professor, Jubilee Mission College of Nursing, Lead, Quality Cell, Jubilee Mission Medical College and Research Institute, Thrissur, Kerala

*Corresponding Author Email: raviramya11@gmail.com

Online published on 12 June, 2018.


Patient safety has been defined as the reduction or mitigation of unsafe acts within the health services. In response to the many patients being harmed and costs following that, health care organizations started to realize that event reporting and learning from errors would improve the health care system and prevent adverse events. In the context of understanding the culture of safety for initiating patient safety initiatives the present study was conducted to explore the perception of nurses about the safety culture in the intensive care units of a private hospital, according to the domains of the Safety Attitudes Questionnaire. The study utilized a quantitative and cross-sectional survey design. SPSS version 20 was used to analyze the data. The total number of participants in the study was 82. The mean experience of study participants in the present institution was 3.01 ±1.08, while the mean total professional experience was 4.6±2.99 years. The mean overall rating of the ICU was 3.61±.828. The total score of the SAQ ranged from 29.05 to 93, with a mean 60.54 ±17.13. The mean score was found to be highest in team work climate while least in stress recognition. Only 1.2% of the study participants perceived a favorable climate for patient safety culture. Years of experience in the current institution was not significantly associated with any dimensions of safety attitude at.05 level. Years of total professional experience was significantly associated with stress recognition at.05 level. The present study findings recommend that every institution commit to a culture of safety by establishing quality initiatives to continuously identify system, unit, and individual safety hazards and provide leadership and resources to eliminate identified hazards.



Perception, Patient safety, Culture, Intensive care units.


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