DuPont Sustainable Solutions Expands Safety Consulting into Healthcare Industry

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Expertise in other high-hazard industries can help build and cultivate a strong safety culture in hospitals and other healthcare facilities

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The healthcare industry has more staff injuries than mining and construction. There is an urgent need to expand our safety services to help protect patients and healthcare workers.

DuPont Sustainable Solutions (DSS) announced today that it has expanded its safety consulting offerings to include the healthcare industry in an effort to address industry challenges such as patient and staff injuries, as well as errors and incidents. DSS expertise in other high-hazard industries can help build and cultivate a strong safety culture in hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

“Our DuPont safety science experts have many years of experience building reliable safety cultures in high-risk, complex industries such as construction, mining and manufacturing,” said Mark Wagner, regional president of North America, DSS. “The healthcare industry has more staff injuries than mining and construction. In addition, it is estimated that over 100,000 patients die each year in U.S. hospitals due to medical errors.(1) There is an urgent need to expand our safety services to help protect patients and healthcare workers."

Among the DSS safety culture support services available to the healthcare industry are safety assessments, observational research, leader orientation, incident data analysis, risk assessments, safety communications plans and staff training systems. DSS has completed initial pilots with healthcare facilities in the United States and Australia that have shown the DuPont safety culture approaches are relevant for healthcare organizations.

DuPont is a member of the National Patient Safety Foundation and is working with other companies in the Patient Safety Coalition to strengthen understanding of the link between staff safety and patient safety for a reliable safety culture. To learn more about DuPont Sustainable Solutions’ work in the healthcare industry, visit http://www.SafePeopleSafePatients.com.

DuPont Sustainable Solutions applies DuPont’s real-world experience, history of innovation, problem-solving success, and strong brands to help organizations transform their workplaces and work cultures to become safer, more efficient and more environmentally sustainable. Additional information is available at: http://www.sustainablesolutions.dupont.com.

DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders, we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit: http://www.dupont.com.

(1) http://journals.lww.com/journalpatientsafety/Fulltext/2013/09000/A_New,_Evidence_based_Estimate_of_Patient_Harms.2.aspx

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5/18/16

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