Patient safety is an essential part of nursing care that aims to prevent avoidable errors and patient harm.
Errors that occur are rarely the fault of individuals, but usually the result of problems with systems. We need to ensure everything we do keeps the person safe from harm of any kind be it physical, emotional or even financial.
To ensure all patients are treated in a safe environment and protected from avoidable harm:
1. Patients should be treated in a clean environment with a minimal risk of infection
2. All equipment should be in working order and staff using that equipment should have the relevant training to do so safely
3. Patient observations should be taken on a regular basis using the early warning system and escalated if there is any abnormality
4. Medicines should be given on time
5. Risk assessments should be completed for all patients as directed – any concerns escalated
6. Nutritional needs must be met
7. Tests, investigations and treatments provided should be appropriate for patient needs
8. Care should be delivered in a co-ordinated way by competent staff