Limiting Harm in Health Care: A Nursing Perspective
April 2003, Wiley-Blackwell
Following clarification of the nature and extent of medical harm in health care, separate chapters explore the potential for medical harm in diverse areas of practice. Topics include problems in the use of medication, the treatment of acute heart disease, the role of hospital routine and the potentially negative role of medically dominated treatment in mental illness and palliative care. The book includes recommendations for reducing unnecessary harm within the expanding boundaries of nursing practice. The reader is challenged to assess the potential risks inherent in the health care system, to reconsider established methods of treatment, and to re-examine professional working relationships.
* topical and important area for nurses and health professionals
* vital for patient safety, professional integrity, and to improving the quality of health care provision
* provides clear recommendations for reducing the unnecessary harm associated with adverse events
* challenges staff to examine their own roles and modify procedures to minimise risk