Analysis of worker safety and patient safety indicators for a large healthcare organization

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/156122
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Presentation
Title:
Analysis of worker safety and patient safety indicators for a large healthcare organization
Abstract:
Analysis of worker safety and patient safety indicators for a large healthcare organization
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2007
Author:Mughal, Waqar A., BSc, MSc
P.I. Institution Name:Fraser Health
Title:Program Leader, Research and Evaluation
Co-Authors:Leah Thomas-Olson, BKin; Paul David Brown, BSc and Dave Keen, BSc
[Research Presentation] The objective was to examine the relationship between frequency of indicators for patient safety (adverse events), worker safety (worker injury) and organizational data (sick time, over time). Data were extracted from administrative databases within a large healthcare organization for one calendar year to include frequency of adverse events (patient falls, medication variance, IV variance, treatment/test/procedure), worker injury (Blood/body fluid exposure (BBFs), patient handling injury, slip/fall, exposure to aggressive behaviour) and organizational data (sick time, overtime, hours paid to long-term disability). Data were grouped by site (n=44) and normalized using productive pours. Correlation analyses were performed including all variables controlling for type of care environment. Significant correlations were found among a number of variables. Patient falls were significantly correlated with injuries to workers due to slips/falls, worker exposure to aggressive behaviour and worker injuries during patient handling tasks. All four types of adverse events were significantly correlated with overtime hours, patient handling injuries and BBFs. Sick time was not correlated with any indicator. This analysis demonstrates that adverse events to patients, specifically patient falls, are associated with worker injuries. Further analysis should be conducted to examine whether patient falls are occurring at times when worker are performing patient-handling activities. Efforts to prevent patient falls should include examination of patient handling practices of care providers. Overtime appears to be associated with both adverse events and worker injuries.á Efforts to improve patient safety and worker safety should also examine staffing patterns to reduce or mitigate overtime. There are significant associations between indicators of patient safety, worker safety and organizational burden as described by sick time and overtime. These relationships are worthy of further exploration, specifically in the temporal relationship between patient falls and injuries to workers during patient handling activities.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleAnalysis of worker safety and patient safety indicators for a large healthcare organizationen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/156122-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Analysis of worker safety and patient safety indicators for a large healthcare organization</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2007</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Mughal, Waqar A., BSc, MSc</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Fraser Health</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Program Leader, Research and Evaluation</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">waqar.mughal@fraserhealth.ca</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Leah Thomas-Olson, BKin; Paul David Brown, BSc and Dave Keen, BSc</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Research Presentation] The objective was to examine the relationship between frequency of indicators for patient safety (adverse events), worker safety (worker injury) and organizational data (sick time, over time). Data were extracted from administrative databases within a large healthcare organization for one calendar year to include frequency of adverse events (patient falls, medication variance, IV variance, treatment/test/procedure), worker injury (Blood/body fluid exposure (BBFs), patient handling injury, slip/fall, exposure to aggressive behaviour) and organizational data (sick time, overtime, hours paid to long-term disability). Data were grouped by site (n=44) and normalized using productive pours. Correlation analyses were performed including all variables controlling for type of care environment. Significant correlations were found among a number of variables. Patient falls were significantly correlated with injuries to workers due to slips/falls, worker exposure to aggressive behaviour and worker injuries during patient handling tasks. All four types of adverse events were significantly correlated with overtime hours, patient handling injuries and BBFs. Sick time was not correlated with any indicator. This analysis demonstrates that adverse events to patients, specifically patient falls, are associated with worker injuries. Further analysis should be conducted to examine whether patient falls are occurring at times when worker are performing patient-handling activities. Efforts to prevent patient falls should include examination of patient handling practices of care providers. Overtime appears to be associated with both adverse events and worker injuries.&aacute; Efforts to improve patient safety and worker safety should also examine staffing patterns to reduce or mitigate overtime. There are significant associations between indicators of patient safety, worker safety and organizational burden as described by sick time and overtime. These relationships are worthy of further exploration, specifically in the temporal relationship between patient falls and injuries to workers during patient handling activities.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T14:28:31Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T14:28:31Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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