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Visitor behaviors can influence the risk of patient harm: an analysis of patient safety reports from 92 hospitals.

Sanchez CE, Taylor MA, Jones R. Visitor behaviors can influence the risk of patient harm: an analysis of patient safety reports from 92 hospitals. Patient Safety. 2022;4(2):70-79. doi: 10.33940/data/2022.6.7

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June 29, 2022
Sanchez C, Taylor M, Jones RM. Patient Safety. 2022;4(2):70-79.

Families and caregivers play an important role in patient safety. This study analyzed incident report data and found that behavior from families and caregivers visiting a patient increased the risk of patient harm in 36% of cases and decreased the risk of harm in the remaining 64% of cases. Certain visitor behaviors (such as moving the patient) increased patient harm, including falls and medication-related events. Other behaviors, such as communicating with healthcare staff, decreased patient harm.

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Sanchez CE, Taylor MA, Jones R. Visitor behaviors can influence the risk of patient harm: an analysis of patient safety reports from 92 hospitals. Patient Safety. 2022;4(2):70-79. doi: 10.33940/data/2022.6.7