Implementation of patient safety rounds in a children's hospital

Nurs Adm Q. 2009 Jan-Mar;33(1):48-53. doi: 10.1097/01.NAQ.0000343348.93537.41.


Many healthcare organizations have implemented patient safety initiatives aimed at creating a safer healthcare environment. At North Carolina Children's Hospital at University of North Carolina Hospitals, patient safety rounds were established in the fall of 2005. Rounds are held weekly and involve all members of the healthcare team. Senior leadership actively participates and helps staff seek out solutions for the identified issues. Within the first year of operation, 191 issues were identified, of which 58% were resolved. Rounds continue to occur and have expanded over to the Women's services. Other initiatives such as Just Culture and Six Sigma have been established and help further cultivate a climate that strives toward optimizing patient safety.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Welfare
  • Hospitals, Pediatric / standards*
  • Humans
  • Leadership*
  • Medical Errors / prevention & control*
  • North Carolina
  • Nursing, Team / methods
  • Nursing, Team / standards*
  • Pediatric Nursing / organization & administration
  • Pediatric Nursing / standards*
  • Quality Indicators, Health Care
  • Safety / standards*
  • United States