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Patient safety ethics and human error management in ED contexts part I : development of the global patient safety movement

Johnstone, Megan-Jane 2007, Patient safety ethics and human error management in ED contexts part I : development of the global patient safety movement, Australasian emergency nursing journal, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 13-20, doi: 10.1016/j.aenj.2006.09.002.

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Title Patient safety ethics and human error management in ED contexts part I : development of the global patient safety movement
Author(s) Johnstone, Megan-Jane
Journal name Australasian emergency nursing journal
Volume number 10
Issue number 1
Start page 13
End page 20
Publisher Elsevier Ltd
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2007-03
ISSN 1574-6267
Keyword(s) patient safety
human error
adverse events
clinical risk management
ethics
emergency departments
Summary In recent years there has been increasing recognition internationally that health care is not as safe as it ought to be and that patient safety outcomes need to be improved. To this end patient safety has become the focus of a world-wide endeavour aimed at reducing the incidence and impact of preventable human errors and related adverse events in health care domains. The emergency department has been identified as a significant site of preventable human errors and adverse events in the health care system, raising important questions about the nature of human error management and patient safety ethics in rapidly changing environments. In this article (the first of a two-part discussion on the subject) an overview of the incidence and impact of preventable adverse events in ED contexts is explored. The development of a ‘culture of safety’ in other hazardous industries and the ‘lessons learned’ and applied to the health care industry are also briefly examined. In a second article (to be presented as Part II), some of the ethical tensions that have arisen in the context of implementing patient safety processes and their possible implications for ED contexts are explored.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.aenj.2006.09.002
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, College of Emergency Nursing Australasia Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30022490

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