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Friday, September 11 • 10:40am - 11:25am
Synergy Of Health Care Workers And Patient Safety: Perspectives From The Joint Commission

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Topic Overview: In the ever-changing world of healthcare, it is important to shed light on the hazards that can be exposed to those working in a potentially risky environment. This educational session will successfully describe how healthcare workers and patient safety are closely woven together and why they should be understood in a converging manner. Awareness of potential risks to both patients and staff allows an organization to create a stronger safety culture for all.

Although many examples of overlap between workers and patient safety can be discussed, this session will focus on falls, fatigue and infections. Healthcare organizations may vary by their type of setting, but it is important to recognize common safety risks so that prevention methods can be integrated into any organization. Staff injuries related to patient falls are a frequently identified safety concern among healthcare organizations; there are a wide range of factors that can contribute to this concern. In addition, the increased risk of infectious disease transmission among healthcare staff and patients demonstrates how both staff and patients’ safety can be compromised. Extended shifts have been linked to worker fatigue and sleep deprivation, increasing the likelihood of errors that harm both patients and staff. It is critical that healthcare organizations identify these risk factors and develop interventions so that a safe environment can be sustained for everyone.

As organizations work toward a greater safety culture, The Joint Commission provides numerous resources to its customers to help reduce harm and improve safety. The core values of The Joint Commission’s accreditation include that quality care and safety is foundational. Proactive risk reduction and a greater safety culture are critical to improving both worker and patient safety as we work toward making healthcare a safer environment for all.


  1. Describe the connection between worker and patient safety.
  2. Identify ways to improve safety related to fatigue, falls and infection prevention.
  3. Identify resources to assist in creating a greater culture of safety.
  4. Identify myths surrounding TJC accreditation. 

avatar for Ann Scott Blouin, RN, PhD, FACHE

Ann Scott Blouin, RN, PhD, FACHE

Ann Scott Blouin, PhD, RN, FACHE, is the Executive Vice President of Customer Relations at The Joint Commission. In this position, she focuses on building external customer and stakeholder relationships, primarily in the hospital and health system market. She gathers customer ideas... Read More →
avatar for Michael Kulczycki, MBA, FASAE

Michael Kulczycki, MBA, FASAE

Michael Kulczycki is the Executive Director for the Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation Program at The Joint Commission. In this role since 2002, he directs business development, strategic direction and overall product line management for the Ambulatory Care Accreditation Program... Read More →

Friday September 11, 2015 10:40am - 11:25am PDT
Pacific Concourse D&E

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