Focusing on risk: a simple audit study can have a major impact on clinical practice

Jill Gladstone (Clinical Audit Coordinator, Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Healthcare Trust, Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, Barrack Road, Exeter EX2 5DW, UK)
Sue Sutherland (Director of Nursing, Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Healthcare Trust, Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, Barrack Road, Exeter EX2 5DW, UK)

Journal of Clinical Effectiveness

ISSN: 1361-5874

Publication date: 1 January 1997

Abstract

Recent developments in medical treatments have resulted in the increased use of infusion devices for the administration of highly potent drugs. Drug administration is one of the highest risk areas of clinical practice and infusion devices are associated with a substantial number of adverse drug events. Locally, there was a perception that adverse drug events involving infusion devices appeared to be increasing, and there was anecdotal evidence to suggest that the available number of devices was inadequate to meet the increasing demand. A two‐part, observational audit, carried out in an acute district general hospital, was used to identify weak areas in the systems associated with the use of infusion devices and to implement actions to rectify the weaknesses and consequently reduce the risk to patients and staff.

Citation

Gladstone, J. and Sutherland, S. (1997), "Focusing on risk: a simple audit study can have a major impact on clinical practice", Journal of Clinical Effectiveness, Vol. 2 No. 1, pp. 6-9. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb020856

Download as .RIS

Publisher

:

MCB UP Ltd

Copyright © 1997, MCB UP Limited

To read the full version of this content please select one of the options below

You may be able to access this content by logging in via Shibboleth, Open Athens or with your Emerald account.
To rent this content from Deepdyve, please click the button.
If you think you should have access to this content, click the button to contact our support team.