Physicians' and nurses' perceptions of patient safety risks in the emergency department
2017 (English)In: International Emergency Nursing, ISSN 1755-599X, E-ISSN 1878-013XArticle in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
The emergency department has been described as a high-risk area for errors. It is also known that working conditions such as a high workload and shortage off staff in the healthcare field are common factors that negatively affect patient safety. A limited amount of research has been conducted with regard to patient safety in Swedish emergency departments. Additionally, there is a lack of knowledge about clinicians' perceptions of patient safety risks. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to describe emergency department clinicians' experiences with regard to patient safety risks.
METHOD: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 10 physicians and 10 registered nurses from two emergency departments. Interviews were analysed by inductive content analysis.
RESULTS: The experiences reflect the complexities involved in the daily operation of a professional practice, and the perception of risks due to a high workload, lack of control, communication and organizational failures.
CONCLUSION: The results reflect a complex system in which high workload was perceived as a risk for patient safety and that, in a combination with other risks, was thought to further jeopardize patient safety. Emergency department staff should be involved in the development of patient safety procedures in order to increase knowledge regarding risk factors as well as identify strategies which can facilitate the maintenance of patient safety during periods in which the workload is high.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emergency service (hospital), Error, Interviews, Patient safety, Qualitative content analysis, Risk
Research subject Health and Welfare
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:du-24515DOI: 10.1016/j.ienj.2017.01.002PubMedID: 28256336OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-24515DiVA: diva2:1079863