Said Absulem PhD RN, is an assistant professor at the University of Louisville School of Nursing in Louisville, KY.
Home Health Nurses' Perceived Care Errors
Article first published online: 27 MAR 2012
2011 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 36, Issue 3, pages 98–105, May-June 2011
How to Cite
Absulem, S. and Hardin, H. (2011), Home Health Nurses' Perceived Care Errors. Rehabilitation Nursing, 36: 98–105. doi: 10.1002/j.2048-7940.2011.tb00073.x
- Issue published online: 27 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 27 MAR 2012
- home healthcare errors;
- long-term adverse events;
- care errors;
- patient safety home;
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) estimates that every year 44,000 to 98,000 people die due to errors in hospitals, costing approximately $37.6 billion each year (2000). However, limited data are available detailing the extent of healthcare errors outside of hospitals. A cross-sectional study was conducted to assess how home health nurses perceive and deal with errors. A convenience sample of home health agencies (N = 33) located in a Southeastern state participated in the study. Packets containing sealed surveys, a flier, and a description of the study were mailed to the nurses. Nurses were asked to complete a survey about their most significant care error and how they responded. Results from the study on home health nurses' perceptions (N = 203) indicate that the perceived care errors were medication (40%), laboratory (15.5%), wound care (6.5%), scheduling and wrong patient visits (6%), teaching-care errors (5%), and needle sticks (1%). Medication errors remain the most commonly occurring error in the home healthcare area.