Who, when and where? Identification of patients at risk of an in-hospital adverse event: Implications for nursing practice

Considine, Julie and Botti, Mari 2004, Who, when and where? Identification of patients at risk of an in-hospital adverse event: Implications for nursing practice, International journal of nursing practice, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 21-31.

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Title Who, when and where? Identification of patients at risk of an in-hospital adverse event: Implications for nursing practice
Author(s) Considine, Julie
Botti, Mari
Journal name International journal of nursing practice
Volume number 10
Issue number 1
Start page 21
End page 31
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Carlton, Vic.
Publication date 2004-02-03
ISSN 1322-7114
Keyword(s) adverse event
cardiac arrest
prevention
risk management
vital signs
Summary Patients who suffer an adverse event (AE) are more likely to die or suffer permanent disability. Many AEs are preventable. Nurses have long played a pivotal role in the prevention of AEs. Much of the literature to date pertains to the role of nurses in the prevention of AEs such as falls, pressure areas and deep vein thrombosis. Prominent risk factors for AEs are the presence of physiological abnormality, failure to recognize or correct physiological abnormality, advanced patient age and location of patient room. Ongoing physiological assessment of patients is a nursing responsibility and the assessment findings of nurses underpin many patient care decisions. The early recognition and correction of physiological abnormality can improve patient outcomes by reducing the incidence of AEs, making nurses' ability to identify, interpret and act on physiological abnormality a fundamental factor in AE prediction and prevention. This paper will examine the role of nurses in AE prevention, using cardiac arrest as an example, from the perspective of physiological safety; that is, accurate physiological assessment and the early correction of physiological abnormality.
Language eng
Field of Research 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002513

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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