Focus: Infection Control

Study links psychological safety, infection prevention efforts

January 6, 2020

A recent study has connected high levels of psychological safety among staff members with the strength of a hospital’s infection prevention and control program, according to an article on the McKnight's Long-Term Care News website.

In a survey of 900 hospital infection preventionists, University of Michigan researchers found that just 38 percent of responding hospitals had high levels of psychological safety. 

Psychological safety is described as the shared belief that team members will not be reprimanded, punished or embarrassed for speaking up, sharing ideas, posing questions, raising concerns or making mistakes.

Researchers were also able to identify a positive link between high psychological safety and the adoption of infection prevention practices.  

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