Ask HRC: Risks to Patients In Temporary Units during Construction of New Units

April 2, 2007 | Healthcare Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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A Healthcare Risk Control (HRC) System member recently asked about the types of adverse events patients could face during transfer of patients from one unit or building to a newly constructed unit or building. HRC has not written on this topic and, indeed, there does not appear to be a significant body of work documenting the effects of structural changes or additions to healthcare facilities and how they may affect the level of quality care a patient receives.

The findings of one study of the effects of major structural changes in a healthcare facility on patient care are published in the August 2005 Quality and Safety in Health Care. Interestingly, the authors point out that they were not able to find related articles in...

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