Recognizing and Documenting When Adverse Outcomes Are Unavoidable

January 30, 2015 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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​Although adverse resident outcomes such as worsening pressure ulcers, falls with injuries, unintended weight loss, and dehydration are often seen by residents and their families as indicative of poor-quality care, there may be factors that make such outcomes unavoidable, according to an article in the January 16, 2015, Annals of Long-Term Care. The authors examine each of the four types of adverse outcomes, highlighting resident factors that may make them unavoidable and steps providers can take to show that their care was appropriate.

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