Brief history of patient safety culture and science

J Crit Care. 2005 Mar;20(1):2-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrc.2005.02.003.


The science of safety is well established in such disciplines as the automotive and aviation industry. In this brief history of safety science as it pertains to patient care, we review remote and recent publications that have guided the maturation of this field that has particular relevance to the complex structure of systems, personnel, and therapies involved in caring for the critically ill.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Critical Care / history
  • Critical Care / methods
  • Critical Illness
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 21st Century
  • Humans
  • Medical Errors / history*
  • Medical Errors / prevention & control
  • North America
  • Organizational Culture*
  • Quality of Health Care / history*
  • Safety Management / history*
  • Safety Management / methods
  • United States