Display Settings:

Format

Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Int J Soc Psychiatry. 2007 Jan;53(1):75-84.

Adverse incidents, patient flow and nursing workforce variables on acute psychiatric wards: the Tompkins Acute Ward Study.

Author information

  • 1St Bartholomew School of Nursing and Midwifery, City University, London, UK. L.Bowers@city.ac.uk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Adverse incidents (violence, self-harm and absconding) can cause significant harm to patients and staff, are difficult to predict, and are driving an increase in security measures and defensive practice.

AIMS:

To explore the relationship between adverse incidents on acute psychiatric wards, admissions and nursing workforce variables.

METHODS:

A retrospective analysis of officially collected data covering a period of 30 months on 14 acute wards at three hospitals. This data included 69 serious untoward incidents.

RESULTS:

Adverse incidents were more likely during and after weeks of high numbers of male admissions, during weeks when other incidents also occurred, and during weeks of high regular staff absence through leave and vacancy.

CONCLUSIONS:

It may be possible to predict adverse incidents. Careful staff management and deployment may reduce the risks.

PMID:
17333953
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for HighWire
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk