Nursing Issues On Patient Safety Articles

Patient safety is a critical component of the care Nurses deliver as we endeavor to prevent harm. Topics will include fall preventions, how to improve documentation, implementing strategies to intercept medication errors, assessment and follow-up, wrong-site surgery, nurse-to-patient ratios as well as other issues that place our patients at risk for harm.

The Wrong Dose - A True Story of Medication Error
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The Wrong Dose - A True Story of Medication Error

I sat down with Margo in her dining room one evening to talk about a medication error she made when she was a new nurse. I asked Margo to tell me a bit about...

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I've Been "Invited" To A Root Cause Analysis, Now What?
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I've Been "Invited" To A Root Cause Analysis, Now What?

DEALING WITH ERROR I have written about error in Why do we continue to harm patients? In that article I give statistics about the number of people who are killed...

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Nurses Notes: Guidelines On What Not To Chart
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Nurses Notes: Guidelines On What Not To Chart

The medical record is a permanent collection of legal documents that should supply an all-encompassing, accurate report concerning a patient's health condition....

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The Slow Code: Justified?
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The Slow Code: Justified?

I have been a nurse for only seven years; however, certain events and situations will remain embedded in my memory for the rest of my life. One of these events took...

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Tying Patient Satisfaction to Medicare Reimbursement is Problematic

Patient satisfaction surveys have been receiving an amplified amount of attention at hospitals and other types of healthcare facilities, especially since the...

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Anticipation: Behavioral Risk Assessment

What if part of every admission assessment, there was a system in place for behavioral risk assessments in patients? Much like skin, pain and fall, behavior could...

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Staffing Ratios - How do they affect you?

New Jersey, along with fourteen other states and the District of Columbia have legislation or regulations that address nurse staffing. Registered nurses that are...

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Patient Safety: We could be the killer!

It took me a while to come back to writing after a nap that rested my mind that exhausted for the entire busy and hectic week that I have had. I have been thinking...

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Why Do We Continue to Harm Patients?
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Why Do We Continue to Harm Patients?

WAKING UP TO A NIGHTMARE Imagine waking up from surgery in a hospital bed - you can't move, you literally cannot speak, lift a finger or communicate that you are...

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A Checklist for Patient Safety - This Nurse Quit, Will YOU?
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A Checklist for Patient Safety - This Nurse Quit, Will YOU?

PATIENT SAFETY - JUST A BUZZWORD? Patient safety is a buzzword we hear about all the time. We hear stories in the media, stories from friends and family, and...

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He's not Just Another Bed Number.
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He's not Just Another Bed Number.

I hate having to share this story but perhaps discussing it with others will give me some respite and also others can also troubleshoot with me on what precisely...

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Break the Silence Report Bullying

The importance and impact of bullying in the workplace is significant to nursing in many ways. Bullying threatens the very foundation, of not just nurses, but its...

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An Easy Way to Save a Life... or How to Not Kill Somebody

A number of people read my post a while back about a serious error in which I was involved... and I was humbled and grateful for the outpouring of support and...

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The Admission Process: Make sure you actually say something of importance!

I work in LTC so this may not be applicable across the board, but here goes. We've picked up some new grads on 3-11 and I'm not exactly happy with them. The one...

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Hand Hygiene Saves Lives, But Is It Realistic For All Nurses?

As healthcare workers, we all know that proper hand hygiene saves lives because it greatly helps to prevent the spread of microbes that cause lethal diseases....

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Healing Environment: A Map towards Patient Safety

Most people working in hospital understand the impact of the hospital environment on the patient experience. There is evidence that good environments can have a...

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