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Setting a New Standard of Nursing Care: Potential Legal Implications of Patient Safety Research

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The historical context of current patient safety research is described. Nursing safety failure from a systems and individual perspective is briefly examined. Some landmark nursing studies that have arisen from research spurred by the patient safety movement are discussed, followed by consideration of the implications of patient safety research for setting the nursing standard of care. Findings from nursing patient safety research have the potential to establish a new standard of care, particularly in relation to skill and staff mix. Attorneys who are litigating cases involving patient safety failures are well advised to become familiar with current patient safety research.


Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2007-06-01

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