5 Ways to Promote Patient Safety in Understaffed Care Settings

A primary strategy focused on fostering a culture of trust and collaboration is recommended to help reduce your practice risks, protect patients, and support teamwork, particularly in understaffed settings.

  1. Model and support a culture of trust so staff feel comfortable seeking advice or backup help
  2. Ensure that escalation policies are clear about the criteria that trigger a call for help
  3. Use regular safety huddles to encourage team communication around patient, staff, and equipment
  4. Consider data-driven scheduling models to accommodate variation in patient demand
  5. Evaluate protocols to provide safe monitoring of patients during all shifts, with consideration for accommodations due to understaffing

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