Introduction Definition Patient safety mainly refers to the prevention of preventable errors and adverse effects to patients associated with healthcare(Rcn.org.uk).Personal safety requires knowledge and skills in multiple areas in order to be executed effectively(Pascale Carayon,2010). This is generally a nationwide priority particularly focused on preventing medical errors before they can occur and cause either death, permanent injury or temporary harm.(Nursingcentre.com,2015).Statistically, medical errors affect 1 in 10 patients worldwide (Who.int,2015), and implications could include death, permanent injury, financial loss or psychological harm to the patient or in some situations to the caregiver (Nursingcentre.com,2015).Therefore
Objective One During my clinical day three, I demonstrated entry-level competence in professional nursing practice in caring for patients with multiple and/or complex unmet human needs. I addressed safety needs, safety in medication administration, effective communication, and surveillance for my patients. First, I addressed safety needs my ensuring the appropriate safety measures were implemented for the patients. Some of the safety measures included, wearing non-skid socks, wearing a yellow armband which indicated fall risk, keeping the bed in lowest position, two side rails up, bed locked, and the call light within reach.
- Safety provi¬sions are interpreted to protect patients from illnesses caused in the course of medical treatment as well as to provide hygienic and injury-free experience in the health care setting. Special provisions exist for safety in pharmaceuticals, blood supply, infectious disease treatment and diagnostics, and mental health services, among others. Ethical codes for doctors, nurses, and other health care workers contain provisions applicable to the patients’ right to safety. Medical errors and other actions that fail to meet safety standards can carry civil, criminal and administrative penalties
Ethical issues may arise in the workplace no matter how big or small the facility. It can originate from a single act or come from the top down through culture. In general we learn from a young age what is right from wrong; therefore one would think that everyone thinks the same and all should be running smoothly. One must always advocate for the client as we as carers are there to care for and assist those who cannot for themselves and ensure their safety. To ensure safe practice is carried out at all times to ensure safety of the client also safety for the staff.
Established in 2002 by the Joint Commission to address the issue of safety in healthcare were various patient safety goals which dealt with many safety problems the accredited organization might face including medication and communication errors. The Joint Commission has also established National Patient Safety Goals for accredited organizations to follow in order to encourage patient safety by reevaluating the sentinel events data collected every year and revising the goals by omitting achieved goals and creating new ones. Hospitals evaluated by the Joint Commission must demonstrate compliance with the NPSGs as part of the accreditation process (Ellis & Hartley,
And have I given everyone an equal opportunity to succeed? With respect to this reference, my personal code of ethics, the relationship between nurse and patient is important. Because it is responsible to the safety of the patient, it is a nurse after all. In order to play an important role to the safety of the patient, nurses to
They are in the key position to introduce interventions and strategies related to patient safety. Once of the critical impact on patient safety by nurses in all settings is the capability to coordinate and integrate the numerous aspects of patient care provided by all involved. The five criteria to define ‘quality nursing care’ would be: • Sufficient number of nurses • Suitable mix of skillset (eg. registered nurses, nursing assistants etc…) • Nurses with clinical experience and education for the task at hand • Practical workload for nurses • Adequate resources to enable nurses to deliver the best possible care.
Safety is a condition characterized by minimal risk of harm coupled with protection from potential harm. In health care, patient safety involves instituting mitigation measures to prevent potential adverse events. Unfortunately, the existence of potential adverse events is only recognized after such an event has occurred. Reporting an adverse event, therefore, is the first step towards developing mitigation measures. However, some nurses fear reporting adverse events, because they erroneously believe they will be penalized for the occurrence of such an event. I believe, reporting the occurrence of an adverse event should be rewarded, since it is the initial stage of preventing future events.
(Joint Commissions, 2014).It is important for nurses to explain how to use the call light to the elderly patients, and also to ask for help before getting out of bed. Vulnerable patients should be placed close to the nursing station for close monitoring. It is very important to educate health care workers on the approaches used to prevent falls. The measures used to prevent falls in the elderly could include; carrying out a risk assessment during admission, placing colorful stickers outside their doors, stopping the use of psychotropic medications, teaching them the best way to use their assistive device, placing their call light and belonging within their reach, placing their beds in the lowest position with brakes /wheels locked at all times, removing throw rugs from their surroundings, making sure that they are wearing non-skid shoes/socks before ambulating and also giving them their prescribed Vitamin D supplement as well as encouraging them on the use of their corrective glasses or hearing aids. It is very important to educate health care workers on the approaches used to prevent
This will be discussed in the context of patient-centred care, healthcare team communication, and documentation . One factor that influences patient safety through communicating effectively is patient-centred care. Patient-centred care is a holistic healthcare approach that acknowledges patients and their families as active participants and contributors in their care because of their knowledge and experiences regarding their condition, which applies regardless of age and healthcare setting (Institute for Patient- and Family- Centred Care, as cited in Levett-Jones, Gilligan, Outram & Horton, 2014). Furthermore, patient-centred care places value on "empathy, dignity, autonomy, respect, choice, transparency, and a desire to help individuals lead the life they want" (Levett-Jones et al., 2014, p. 15).
In the review of the literature regarding National Patient Safety Goals and the reduction of healthcare associated infections by the implementation of evidence-based practice, one article addressed the education of patients and family to prevent catheter-related bloodstream infections (Dela Cruz et al., 2012). MD Anderson Cancer Center Infusion Therapy Team places 600 central venous catheters (CVC) and PICC’s and 100 implanted ports each month at their facility (Dela Cruz et al., 2012). This volume gave rise to an extensive formal education program to assist the patient and family with care and maintenance of their CVC to reduce the number of catheter-related bloodstream infections (Dela Cruz et al., 2012). The education program consists
The practice of health care includes many scenarios that have to do with making adequate decisions when it comes to a patient’s life, and the way they are treated. Having an ethical code in all health care organizations is very important, because it helps health care workers with reaching a suited and ethical decision when it comes to the patient. In health care, patient will always be put first, and their autonomy will always be respected. Nevertheless, when there is a situation where a patient might be in harm, or might be making their condition worse because of the decisions they made. Health care workers will always be there to