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Learning from patient safety incidents involving acutely sick adults in hospital assessment units in England and Wales: a mixed methods analysis for quality improvement.

Urquhart A, Yardley S, Thomas E, et al. Learning from patient safety incidents involving acutely sick adults in hospital assessment units in England and Wales: a mixed methods analysis for quality improvement. J R Soc Med. Epub 2021 Aug. doi: 10.1177/01410768211032589.

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August 25, 2021
Urquhart A, Yardley S, Thomas E, et al. J R Soc Med. 2021;114(12):563-574.

This mixed-methods study analyzed patient safety incident reports between 2005-2015 to characterize the most frequently reported incidents resulting in severe harm or death in acute medical units. Of the 377 included reports, diagnostic errors, medication-related errors, and failure to monitor patient incidents were most common. Patients were at highest risk during handoffs and transitions of care. Lack of active decision-making during admission and communication failures were the most common contributors to incidents.

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Urquhart A, Yardley S, Thomas E, et al. Learning from patient safety incidents involving acutely sick adults in hospital assessment units in England and Wales: a mixed methods analysis for quality improvement. J R Soc Med. Epub 2021 Aug. doi: 10.1177/01410768211032589.