Research studies focusing on the critical patient safety are increasing. The flaws in the system and human factors are the main cause of adverse events. The complexity of the factors that contribute to health care risk required to deep through its analysis, in order to establish strategies for improvement in one of the key of quality dimensions .
The Iatroref study has been published online first this month in Intensive Care Medicine, the Journal of ESICM. In 31 French ICUs, the authors show that depression of professionals in intensive care units impacts negatively on the safety of the patient, increasing the risk of medical errors and adverse events.
The main objective of this study was to evaluate the potential association between factors such as depression, burnout, the culture of security and organizational characteristics of these units, and the occurrence of certain adverse events.
The authors show their results in how depression is a factor to take into account, not only because of its significant prevalence (18.8% of physicians and 15.6% in nurses), but by interacting significantly with a greater number of medical errors and adverse events (RR 2.07). Burnout is not related to increased medical risk and safety culture influenced limited in the occurrence of adverse events.