A measured approach
Interprofessional in purpose, format, and implementation, the MOREOB Program emphasizes that patient safety is everyone’s responsibility, all of the time.
With this approach, the MOREOB Program recognizes that a hospital’s obstetrical unit shares many of the characteristics that define High Reliability Organizations (HROs). HROs are complex, intensely interactive and technical environments in which a variety of professional disciplines with diverse roles and responsibilities work together.
With over a decade of experience, we have demonstrated that the following HRO principles can be successfully adopted within the culture of obstetrical units:
- Safety is the priority and is everyone’s responsibility
- Communication is highly valued
- Operations are a team effort
- Emergencies are rehearsed
- Hierarchy disappears in an emergency. Decisions on safety issues can be made at any level of the organization
- There is interprofessional review of routine functions, near misses and unexpected events1
The MOREOB Program follows these overarching phases:
Adhering to these phases helps us successfully apply the HRO principles in practice.
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