Acceptability of health care–related risks: a literature review

March 23, 2016

Source:  Journal of Patient Safety 12/1 pp. 1-10

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Date of publication: March 2016

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  In contrast to risk acceptability, the concept of risk perception is of limited interest to risk managers because it does not inform on the behaviours and actions resulting from these perceptions. The aim of this work was to define the concept of social acceptability of risk through an in-depth examination of literature from economic, sociocognitive, psychometric, sociological/anthropological, and interactionist research fields, the study found that when assessing risks, individuals use a variety of psychological and social processes that include their perception not only of a given risk but also of their own personal and social resources. This global perception has a direct impact on the responses and actual behaviour of individuals and groups, enabling them to cope with the risk and/or manage it.

The authors concluded that social acceptability includes perceptions related to risks and the stated intentions of individual behaviour. This concept may therefore be relevant for defining local and national patient safety priorities.

Length of publication:  10 pages

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Development and content validation of a surgical safety checklist for operating theatres that use robotic technology

August 29, 2013

Source:  BJU International vol/iss 111/7 pp.1161-74

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Date of publication:  June 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  The objective of this study was to identify potential hazards in robot-assisted urological surgery and to develop a checklist to be used in operating theatres with robotic technology. A risk assessment tool, Healthcare Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (HFMEA), was employed in a urology operating theatre with robotic technology in a UK teaching hospital in 2011. A multidisciplinary team identified ‘failure modes’ and potential hazards were rated according to severity and frequency and scored using a ‘hazard score matrix’. HFMEA identified hazards in the operating theatre and this led to the development of a surgical safety checklist.

Length of Publication:  14 pages

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Patient safety during assistant propelled wheelchair transfers: the effect of the seat cushion on risk of falling

May 29, 2013

Source:  Assist Technol. Vol/iss 25/1 pp. 1-8.

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Date of publication:  Spring 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  This article is a report of a study of the effect of the seat cushion on risk of falling from a wheelchair. Different types of seat cushion were studied. The findings can contribute to the assessment of risk and care planning of non-ambulatory wheelchair users.

Length of Publication:  8 pages

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How to guide to venous thromboembolism risk assessment

February 28, 2011

Source: National Reporting and Learning Agency

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Date of publication: 2 February 2011

Publication type: Guidance

In a nutshell:  This is a ‘How to’ guide to support NHS organisations in carrying out venous thromboembolism risk assessments on newly admitted patients.  It builds on existing resources and supports the implementation of National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Quality Standards Programme, CQUIN requirements and NICE Guideline 92.

Length of publication:1 web page

Acknowledgement: National Patient Safety Agency