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Risk management in intensive therapy units — the method of determination of black spots

Aleksandra Sierocka, Michał Marczak, Mariusz Piechota
Anaesthesiol Intensive Ther 2012;44(4):225-229.

open access

Vol 44, No 4 (2012 Oct-Dec)
Original and clinical articles
Published online: 2012-01-04
Submitted: 2013-01-07
Accepted: 2013-01-07

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Patients hospitalised in intensive care units are more likely to suffer an adverse event than those treated in other hospital wards. The aim of this study was to assess the usefulness of identifying the events (the so-called ‘black spots’) that constitute a significant threat to life and health of patients and/or financing of the hospital.
METHODS: We retrospectively analysed 30 medical records and other documents relating to the stay of patients hospitalised in the Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care at the Regional Hospital in Swidnica in 2010. To determine the ‘black spots’, the authors used their own methods.
RESULTS: We identified 31 adverse events (12 types of events) that occurred during the provision of healthcare in the intensive care unit. Six black spots were determined based on the model adopted in the study.
CONCLUSIONS: Identifying black spots can help to substantially reduce morbidity and mortality in hospitalised patients. It also allows optimisation of therapeutic entities, particularly in intensive care units.

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Patients hospitalised in intensive care units are more likely to suffer an adverse event than those treated in other hospital wards. The aim of this study was to assess the usefulness of identifying the events (the so-called ‘black spots’) that constitute a significant threat to life and health of patients and/or financing of the hospital.
METHODS: We retrospectively analysed 30 medical records and other documents relating to the stay of patients hospitalised in the Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care at the Regional Hospital in Swidnica in 2010. To determine the ‘black spots’, the authors used their own methods.
RESULTS: We identified 31 adverse events (12 types of events) that occurred during the provision of healthcare in the intensive care unit. Six black spots were determined based on the model adopted in the study.
CONCLUSIONS: Identifying black spots can help to substantially reduce morbidity and mortality in hospitalised patients. It also allows optimisation of therapeutic entities, particularly in intensive care units.
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Keywords

method of determining black spots; risk management; adverse events

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Title

Risk management in intensive therapy units — the method of determination of black spots

Journal

Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy

Issue

Vol 44, No 4 (2012 Oct-Dec)

Pages

225-229

Published online

2012-01-04

Bibliographic record

Anaesthesiol Intensive Ther 2012;44(4):225-229.

Keywords

method of determining black spots
risk management
adverse events

Authors

Aleksandra Sierocka
Michał Marczak
Mariusz Piechota

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