Patient Safety in Europe: Medication Errors and Hospital-acquired Infections

Document type: Researchreport Non-BTH
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Author(s): Jacqueline Burke, Lorraine Smith, Herdis Sveinsdottir, Ania Willman
Title: Patient Safety in Europe: Medication Errors and Hospital-acquired Infections
Translated title: Patientsäkerhet i Europa: Läkemedelsfel och vårdrelaterade infektioner
Series: WENR report
Year: 2008
Editor: Lorraine Smith
Publisher: Workgroup of European Nurse Researchers
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Health Science (Sektionen för hälsa)
School of Health Science S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
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Language: English
Abstract: The Report was commissioned by the European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN) in November 2007 in order to support its policy statements on Patient Safety (June 2004). In that statement the EFN declares its belief that European Union health services should operate within a culture of safety that is based on working towards an open culture and the immediate reporting of mistakes; exchanging best practice and research; and lobbying for the systematic collection of information and dissemination of research findings. This Report adressess specifically the culture of highly reliable organisations using the work of James Reason (2000). Medication errors and hospital-acquired infections are examined in line with the Reprt´s parameters and a range of European studies are used as evidence. An extensive reference list is provided that allows EFN to explore work in greater detail as required.
Summary in Swedish: En rapport om patientsäkerhet beställd av Europeiska federationen av sjuksköterskeorganisationer att användas i deras lobbyarbete. Rapporten redovisar granskning av europeiska studier om patientsäkerhet,särskilt läkemedelsfel och vårdrelaterade infektioner.
Subject: Nursing & Caring Sciences\General
Keywords: patient safety, medication errors, hospital-acquired infections, nursing