Focus: Infection Control

Survey links psychological safety and infection prevention practices

January 2, 2020

A recent survey has found hospitals reporting high levels of psychological safety are more likely to have comprehensive infection prevention and control programs, according to an article on the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) website.

Psychological safety refers to the shared belief that team members are safe when speaking up or making mistakes.

Researchers at University of Michigan Medical School and the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System conducted a survey of infection preventionists in a random sample of nearly 900 US acute care hospitals in 2017

The study showed a positive link between high psychological safety and the adoption of infection prevention practices that require staff to speak up and challenge deep-rooted customs.

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