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Table 4 Action points and results of actions

From: Residents' intentions and actions after patient safety education

Who needs to change?
n (% of total)
Action point,
n (% of total)
Extent of taken actions, n (% within action point) Example of declared results
Individual professional,
42 (46%)
Improving organization of own work/Follow policies, 18 (20%) 14 (78%) fully I adjusted my own workstation and set of tasks in order to improve patient safety.
   1 (6%) partly I tried to check the medication use of patients more frequently, but I am not doing it as often as I intended.
   3 (17%) not  
  Improving own information transfer towards colleagues, 9 (10%) 7 (78%) fully When I need to consult my supervisor, I always try to use the model for structured information transfer that was explained at the patient safety course.
   1 (11%) partly I did communicate in a more structured way with my colleagues, but I did not use the model that was explained during the course, although I intended to do sot.
   1 (11%) not  
  Learning from mistakes/Reporting incidents, 9 (10%) 3 (33%) fully I reported incidents I was involved in.
   2 (22%) partly I did signal some incidents, but I did not report them because they were related to nurses' tasks
   4 (44%) not  
  Improving writing in patient records, 4 (4%) 4 (100%) fully I avoid the use of abbreviations when I am writing in patient records and when I see that colleagues have used them I often spell them out for them.
  Improving communication with patients, 1 (1%) 1 (100%) fully Now I am always checking if the patient fully understands the information that was provided about the upcoming procedures.
Social context,
43 (47%)
Improving culture/Educating colleagues about patient safety, 17 (19%) 14 (82%) fully I invited one of the speakers of the patient safety course to speak about patient safety at our department.
   1 (6%) partly I did approach colleagues about a patient safety issue but I don't believe that it has changed anything in their behaviour.
   2 (12%) not  
  Improving communication within the health care team, 15 (16%) 4 (27%) fully I explained the model for structured information transfer to some novice nurses of my department.
   4 (27%) partly I made a plan to introduce the model for structured information transfer at my department, but this has not been carried out yet.
   7 (47%) not  
  Improving protocols/policies, 11 (12%) 2 (18%) fully I wanted to know who is responsible for filling the departments' medication wagon, now I know and I if necessary I can approach this person directly.
   6 (55%) partly I have selected an article about the EWS for an upcoming presentation for my colleagues.
   3 (27%) not  
Organizational context,
7 (8%)
Improving hospital's digitalization, 5 (5%) 2 (40%) partly I contacted the pharmacists to discuss the possibilities for simplifying the medication prescription system. It is still on their agenda.
   3 (60%) not  
  Advocate for better/new equipment, 2 (2%) 2 (100%) partly I presented the need for new equipment to the person in charge, but as far as I know no changes have been made so far.
  1. EWS = Early Warning Score. OR = Operating Room. TOP = Time Out Procedure.
  2. *Partly indicates that the resident did take action, but their goal was not (yet) reached, or not all required actions have been taken.