Communication Problems May Underlie a Substantial Number of Hospital Adverse Events

December 2005
MEDSURG Nursing;Dec2005, Vol. 14 Issue 6, p422
Academic Journal
The article discusses a study that highlights the importance of good communication in preventing hospital adverse events (AE). Investigators from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine analyzed risk management files from one urban hospital's department of obstetrics and gynecology to identify factors that may have contributed to or caused unanticipated AEs. The AEs ranged from operative injury and postoperative complications to missed diagnosis, inadequate treatment or monitoring, and inappropriate medication.


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