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Using foresight in safe nursing care

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boakes e. (2009) Journal of Nursing Management 17, 212–217

Using foresight in safe nursing care Aim 

This paper describes the importance of prospective risk analysis in healthcare, the development of the foresight training package and its underlying theory. Background 

Many high-reliability industries formally train staff in prospective risk analysis. Although there are tools to retrospectively analyse incidents in healthcare and although many staff are error aware there is no training to formalize this learning. Key issues 

Staff already use error awareness and often intervene to prevent patient harm resulting in many ‘no harm’ incidents. The National Patient Safety Agency has developed the foresight training package to broaden healthcare professionals’ understanding of the many factors that can combine to contribute to an incident occurring, and to encourage shared learning. For management teams, this broader understanding will assist them in prospective risk assessment of the staff they manage enabling them to be proactive in minimizing risk. The training tool is based on Reason’s ‘three bucket’ model. Evaluation 

Throughout every stage in the development of the foresight training package the concept and materials were tested with front-line staff. Formal evaluation of the published package is due to be completed by May 2009.
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Keywords: foresight; human error; human factors; nursing management; patient safety; risk; system failure

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2009

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