School of Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Patient Safety, Patient Harm, Prevention, Medical Error, ABCDEF Protocol, Ventilated Patients
Wynn, Octavia Reed, "Using Patient Safety Principles to Prevent Patient Harm" (2020). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2531.
While healthcare is intended to promote and restore optimal health and quality of life, it has been realized that patients often experience unintended harm while consuming healthcare services. In a project conducted in a 12-bed intensive care unit, nurses completed a pre-survey to identify a baseline understanding of patient safety principles. They then completed online educational modules designed to teach patient safety principles including patient and family centered healthcare, systems safety, and culture of safety. Following the educational intervention, a postsurvey to assess for increased understanding was administered. Forty-seven nurses completed the presurvey and education showing improved understanding of patient safety principles. To further explore the patient safety concept of family engagement, 80 inpatient medical records were reviewed both before and after the educational intervention to evaluate improvement of documented family engagement. The review demonstrated a 6.67% improvement.