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Archivos de cardiología de México

versión On-line ISSN 1665-1731versión impresa ISSN 1405-9940


RASO-RASO, Rafael et al. Analysis of the safety culture in a Cardiology Unit managed by processes. Arch. Cardiol. Méx. [online]. 2018, vol.88, n.3, pp.190-196. ISSN 1665-1731.

Safety culture is one of the requirements for preventing the occurrence of adverse effects. However, this has not been studied in the field of cardiology. The aim of this study is to evaluate the safety culture in a cardiology unit that has implemented and certified an integrated quality and risk management system for patient safety.


A cross-sectional observational study was conducted in 2 consecutive years, with all staff completing the Spanish version of the questionnaire, ‘‘Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture’’ of the ‘‘Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’’, with 42 items grouped into 12 dimensions. The percentage of positive responses in each dimension in 2014 and 2015 were compared, as well as national data and United States data, following the established rules.


The overall assessment out of a possible 5, was 4.5 in 2014 and 4.7 in 2015. Seven dimensions were identified as strengths. The worst rated were: staffing, management support and teamwork between units. The comparison showed superiority in all dimensions compared to national data, and in 8 of them compared to American data.


The safety culture in a Cardiology Unit with an integrated quality and risk management patient safety system is high, and higher than nationally in all its dimensions and in most of them compared to the United States.

Palabras llave : Safety culture; Quality management; Patient safety; Hospital;Cardiology; Spain.

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