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CHALLENGES & RISKS


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CHALLENGES & RISKS


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I. CHALLENGES IN HEALTHCARE INSTITUTIONS

While providing the important work of caring for the ill, clinical and nursing facilities face at least one of the listed challenges: 


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1. DEMANDS

Demands for innovation & highest quality of care 

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2. LIMITS

Limited budget and staff

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3. TIME PRESSURE

Pressure to limit care time and hospitalization 

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4. CHANGE

Care for a growing aging population


II. RISKS IN HEALTHCARE INSTITUTIONS

Elderly and the very ill face additional health risks when receiving clinical care, of which most common are:


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PRESSURE INJURIES

Pressure ulcers are the most frequent of  total Patient-Safety-Events leading to excess suffering and costs (1,2).


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INJURIES FROM FALLS

Injuries from falls are the highest reported Patient-Safety-Events in adult care settings, mostly occurring near the bed (3,4).


References:

  1. Pressure Injury Stages, National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (2016) http://www.npuap.org/resources/educational-and-clinical-resources/npuap-pressure-injury-stages/
  2. Preventing Pressure Injuries, Quick Safety Issue (2016) https://www.jointcommission.org/assets/1/23/Quick_Safety_Issue_25_July_20161.PDF
  3. Important Facts About Falls, Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (2017) https://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/adultfalls.html

  4. Costs of Falls Among Older AdultsCenters For Disease Control and Prevention (2016) https://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/fallcost.html