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Dadiz R, Riccio J, Brown K
Qualitative analysis of latent safety threats uncovered by in situ simulation-based operations testing before moving into a single-family-room neonatal intensive care unit.
This study’s objective was to identify 1) latent safety threats (LSTs) in a new neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) through simulation-based pre-occupancy operations testing, and 2) LSTs that remained unresolved 1-year post-occupancy. This qualitative study included 111 healthcare professionals who participated in patient care simulations and debriefings in a new NICU. Debriefing transcripts were analyzed to characterize LSTs. Three-hundred threats with four major themes affecting staff function and patient safety emerged: relay of information, workplace design, patient care processes, and patient family and staff focus. One-year post occupancy 29 (9%) LSTs were still unresolved.
AHRQ-funded; R18 HS023460.
Citation: Dadiz R, Riccio J, Brown K . Qualitative analysis of latent safety threats uncovered by in situ simulation-based operations testing before moving into a single-family-room neonatal intensive care unit. J Perinatol 2020 Sep;40(Suppl 1):29-35. doi: 10.1038/s41372-020-0749-3..
Keywords: Newborns/Infants, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Patient Safety, Simulation