2014, Number 1
Rev Cuba Enf 2014; 30 (1)
Navas-Torres J, Alvarado-Muriel P, González-Cartagena JL, Delgado-Ortiz SA, Domínguez CL, Valero-Cárdenas H, Luna-Gómez N, Sandoval MC, Fajardo-Puentes SL, Rojas-Sánchez LZ, García-Mancipe M, Parra DI, Rey-Gómez R, Camargo-Figuera FA
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ABSTRACTIntroduction: safety in health care has become a priority in many countries. It is important to inquire about those fact involved in its occurrence for the organizations to respond appropriately to prevent them.
Objective: To characterize the population who presented adverse events, describing the characteristics related to the patient, the environment and the nursing staff.
Methodology: descriptive analysis of a cohort pilot hospital about adverse events related to nursing care, in Bucaramanga, Colombia.
Results: Prevalent events found in patients were alterations in mood, confinement to bed and need for special diet; in the environment events were: lack of inputs for pressure ulcers prevention and lack of nurse call buttons. The average number of patients per nurse practitioner was 27.3 and auxiliary nurses of 9.1.
Conclusions: The knowledge about the characteristics that were present in the patients who developed an adverse event, is a first approximation of the problem and an important element for health organizations have more arguments for investing in safer practices.