CEO and Senior Leader Checklist

CUSP Toolkit

Checklists for senior leadership
Who should use this tool? Senior leaders.
Checklist itemsLeader ResponsibleDate Initiated
1. Ensure all current and new employees receive Science of Safety training.  
2. Assign a senior executive (Chief Executive Officer or another leader) as an active member of each <Insert Project Name> team to meet with the team(s) on the unit at least monthly.  
3. Create a policy for unit-level accountability.  
4. Document at least one learning from defect per month.  
5. Foster organizational learning. Disseminate learning from defect lessons with expectations for local adaptation.  
6. Require use of a patient-specific daily goals checklist.  
7. Codify interdisciplinary rounds as an organization-level standard of practice.  
8. Support local interpretation based on unit characteristics.  
9. Acknowledge the teams' work.  
10. Celebrate success through stories in hospital newsletter or provide opportunities for teams to share success stories with management and other teams.  
<Insert Project Name>  
1. Make <Insert Goal> an organization-wide goal. Include it in the strategic plan.  
2. Develop a coordinated plan to achieve <Insert Goal> throughout the organization.  
3. Provide protected time for team leaders: doctor, nurse, data collector (approximately 10 percent each).  
4. Monitor progress toward the goal no less than quarterly and report performance to all employees and the board.  
5. Provide the supplies needed to achieve the goal in one place or pack the supplies in complete kits.  
6. Require that the appropriate office (e.g., Infection Prevention) produce a weekly report of harm, disseminate it to the entire senior leadership team and board, create a process to investigate each incident, and close the loop.  
7. Report progress toward the goal at least quarterly at board meetings.  
Page last reviewed December 2012
Internet Citation: CEO and Senior Leader Checklist: CUSP Toolkit. December 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/education/curriculum-tools/cusptoolkit/toolkit/ceosnrleaderchcklst.html