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Journal Article

Risk perception on the labour ward: a mixed methods study.

McCarthy C, Meaney S, Rochford M, et al. J Patient Saf Risk Manag. 2021;26(2):56-63.

Labor and delivery wards are high-risk care environments. This mixed-methods study found that risk (characterized as harm, danger, hazards, or uncertainty) is a common experience in labor wards. Study participants commonly used debriefing as an important practice following a risk experience. The authors highlight the need for risk reduction strategies, staff support, and training to ensure staff wellbeing in stressful situations.