Adverse Trends and data management

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Adverse Trends and Data Management Ashana Brown HCS/482 April 13, 2015 ADVERSE TRENDS AND DATA MANAGEMENT 1 Adverse trends occur in the healthcare setting at an alarming rate. “Such incidents pose considerable challenges to an organization, both in terms of the need to respond intelligently to their occurrence and in terms of the need to deal with their aftermath” (Charles, 2003). Adverse trends are treatable and preventable when addressed in a timely manner. “The failure of health care professionals and health institutes to address this problem has threatened to undermine public confidence…show more content…
A rigid 2 hour turning schedule should be implemented if it was not done already, as well as the use of support surfaces such as an air mattress. “The use of dynamic support surfaces in high risk patients has led to improved outcomes and cost savings” (Lyder, 2003). It is also important to ensure the patient is getting optimal nutrition to aid in healing. The data obtained can be stored in a database, that could produce reports that can be accessed by nurses, dietitians, physicians, and other members of the interdisciplinary team who are providing patient care. In conclusion, adverse trends can lead to litigation and undue stress for staff, patients, and families. Addressing adverse trends promptly is imperative in preventing further health ADVERSE TRENDS AND DATA MANAGEMENT 3 complications for the patient and saves healthcare organizations millions of dollars in the treatment and prevention of pressure ulcers. Advances in technology has created a portal by which medicine, science, and technology combined can increase staff productivity and patient satisfaction. ADVERSE TRENDS AND DATA MANAGEMENT 4 References Charles, V. (2003). Understanding and responding to adverse events. The New England Journal of Medicine. 1051­1060 Hebda, T., Czar, P.
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