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Integrated nursing risk assessment: Patient handling, falls, pressure ulcers, continence, dementia

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posted on 17.08.2020 by Sue Hignett, Elaine Goodwin, Laurie Wolf
This paper reports the development stages of an integrated adult inpatient risk assessment summary. The aim was to simplify the recording of assessment data and support communication of bedside information within the multidisciplinary team. It is part of a larger study using human factors/ergonomics (HFE) to manage the risk and associated injuries of in-patient falls. The previous documentation required staff to complete the appropriate sections of a 20 page adult admission risk assessment which was both complex and repetitious; thematic analysis identified that mobility and range of movement were recorded 17 times. Two workshops were held with subject matter experts (mobility, tissue viability, medication, falls) and medical ward staff. An iterative review process was used to identify, augment, reject and categorize themes and finally prioritize 7 topics for medical condition, confusion, mobility, fall history, skin condition, assistance needed to swallow/eat/drink and continence. There was also an alert box with information on allergies, infection control and communication (hearing and vision). The form was redesigned using HFE principles to support effective recording and transfer of information.

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  • Design and Creative Arts

Department

  • Design

Published in

Advances in Human Aspects of Healthcare

Pages

41-6

Source

Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Healthcare / 5th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics. .

Publisher

AHFE Conference

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Publication date

2014-07-21

ISBN

9781495120930

Language

en

Editor(s)

Vincent Duffy, Nancy Lightner

Location

Krakow, Poland

Event dates

21st July 2014 - 25th July 2014

Depositor

Prof Sue Hignett Deposit date: 14 August 2020

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