The 10 largest patient safety concerns for 2019

By | March 19, 2019

When working with individuals who have behavioral health needs, “you fear what you don’t know, and fear can make you react defensively,” says Nancy Napolitano, a patient safety analyst at ECRI. This fear can lead providers and staff to behave in ways that fail to meet patients’ needs or even escalate situations, with consequences for patients and staff. In many healthcare settings, behavioral and physical health are siloed; however, people with behavioral health needs are in every setting, and it is not always obvious when an individual has such needs.
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