Accidents Happen—An Immediate Action Plan

August 1, 1998 | Healthcare Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance


When a serious patient safety event occurs, measures must be taken to address the patient's immediate needs, minimize damage to equipment in use and the environment, notify the patient's attending clinician, and ensure that all devices and disposables (as well as their packaging materials) that might have been involved are impounded and that the facility's protocols for handling and reporting internal incidents are followed.

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