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 in the healthcare system as a whole” (Hébert, 2001). Finding the reasons why adverse events and trends occur and finding ways to prevent them takes thorough research and the application of evidence based practice. “In the delivery of healthcare, errors and adverse events are increasingly recognized as an international problem for medicine” (Hébert, 2001).
This paper will attempt to address a common adverse event in the healthcare setting and review data collection, the use of technology, and preventative measures.
Pressure ulcers are a common problem in the hospital and long term care setting. “The challenge is to find a way forward that provides the necessary support for the people involved while ensuring that the lessons of the incident are learned both by individual staff members and by the overall organization” (Charles, 2003). An increase in the incidence of pressure ulcers on a hospital or long term care unit would warrant further investigation. “It is estimated that 1.3 million to 3 million adults have a pressure ulcer, with an estimated cost of $500 to $40,000 each ulcer” (Lyder, 2003). Information concerning the increase in pressure ulcer prevalence can be gathered from a variety of sources. “Data
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