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Type: Journal article
Title: The Australian Incident Monitoring Study in Intensive Care: AIMS-ICU. The development and evaluation of an incident reporting system in intensive care
Author: Beckmann, U.
West, L.
Groombridge, G.
Baldwin, I.
Hart, G.
Clayton, D.
Webb, R.
Runciman, W.
Citation: Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, 1996; 24(3):314-319
Publisher: Australian Society of Anaesthetists
Issue Date: 1996
ISSN: 0310-057X
1448-0271
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U. Beckman, L.F. West, G.J. Groombridge, I. Baldwin, G.K. Hart, D.G. Clayton, R.K. Webb, W.B. Runciman
Abstract: Intensive care units are complex, dynamic patient management environments. Incidents and accidents can be caused by human error, by problems inherent in complex systems, or by a combination of these. Study objectives were to develop and evaluate an incident reporting system. A report form was designed eliciting a description of the incident, contextual information and contributing factors. Staff group sessions using open-ended questions, observations in the workplace and a review of earlier narratives were used to develop the report form. Three intensive care units participated in a two-month evaluation study. Feedback questionnaires were used to assess staff attitudes and understanding, project design and organization. These demonstrated a positive attitude and good understanding by more than 90% participants. Errors in communication, technique, problem recognition and charting were the predisposing factors most commonly chosen in the 128 incidents reported. It was concluded that incident monitoring may be a suitable technique for improving patient safety in intensive care.
Keywords: intensive care; incident monitoring; quality assurance; patient safety
Description: Publisher's copy made available with the permission of the publisher © 1996 Australian Society of Anaesthetists
RMID: 0030006109
DOI: 10.1177/0310057X9602400303
Published version: http://www.aaic.net.au/Article.asp?D=1995426
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