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  1. Saladino, Louise DNP, RN, CCRN
  2. Pickett, Lisa Clark MD, FACS
  3. Frush, Karen MD
  4. Mall, Anna BS, RN, CCRN
  5. Champagne, Mary T. PhD, RN, FAAN


This implementation of a formalized safety program in a critical care unit highlights the importance of the "voice of the caregiver," as it relates to patient safety. This nurse-led program featured executive walkrounds and a multidisciplinary core team whose goal was to prioritize and resolve safety issues identified during the 6-month study period. Unit nurses' scores on the Safety Attitudes Questionnaire remained stable from July 2011 to February 2012. Staff identified 77 safety issues during executive walkrounds; 57% were resolved during the study period. Results indicate the clinical significance of nurse-led patient safety programs.