Hospitals work hard to keep patients safe, and Patient-Safety Culture surveys are used to assess how well staff training is put into patient-care practice. However, new studies show that changes in scores are not correlated with changes in infection rates,
The community should evaluate how patient safety culture surveys get used as part of larger safety-focused efforts. "Unexpectedly, the data showed no association of better infection rates for hospitals with better safety culture scores. These data suggest that either the infection rates were improved by improving other aspects of care, such as improving skills in catheter use, or that these surveys simple do not capture safety culture well."