Safety in Training and Learning in the Intensive Care Unit

Crit Care Clin. 2005 Jan;21(1):129-48, ix. doi: 10.1016/j.ccc.2004.07.002.


Resident and subspecialty fellow trainees in the intensive care unit (ICU) present risks for patient safety because of their inexperience yet offer opportunities to promote safe patient care because of their around-the-clock presence and their involvement in frontline processes of care. Most trainees approach their ICU experiences without previous education in performance improvement or patient safety. This article reviews the barriers that are faced by residents in providing safe patient care and outlines the nature of a patient safety curriculum that could tap the opportunities that are presented by trainees to promote safer patient care.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Critical Care / methods*
  • Education, Medical, Undergraduate / trends*
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units*
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Medication Errors / prevention & control*
  • Patient Care Team / organization & administration*
  • Quality of Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Quality of Health Care / trends
  • Safety