We Are No Harm The Focus Of Safety

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To Do No Harm the Focus of Safety
Angela Zielinski
Baker School of Nursing

To Do No Harm the Focus of Safety
In 1852 Florence Nightingale wrote “It may seem a strange principle to enunciate as the very first requirement in a hospital that it should do the sick no harm”. The goal of any medical facility should be that no preventable harm should befall the patient. Though this may seem to be an obvious goal, this very goal took second place to medical and scientific advances. In 2000, the article To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System published by the Institute of Medicine, drew attention back to what had once been a foundational goal of patient safety when in the care of the health system. Today, preventable medical errors responsible for patient deaths in hospitals have brought the focus of the medical industry full circle making patient safety its primary goal. In the 21st century nursing continues to improve patient safety by using evidence based practices, performance enhancement through implementation of new risk management findings, and encouragement of open communication in order to promote change. Education and learning about patient safety is a continual process that consistently fights for attention in an ever complacent world.
According to Potter and Perry (2013), the definition of safety is to “minimize risk of harm to patients and providers through both systems of effectiveness and individual performance”. 126 years ago Florence…
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