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Have you ever reported a clinical incident?

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This week we have published a summary of a Cochrane view of incident reporting systems.

While the review could not draw any firm conclusions to guide clinical practice it suggests that certain elements, such as anonymous reporting, simplified reporting forms, intense education, and timely feedback to front-line staff may help increase reporting of clinical incidents and near-misses.  

  • Are you more likely to report clinical incidents if you can do it anonymously?
  • Would feedback make you more likely to report incidents?
  • Do you ever report near misses?
  • Do you think incident reporting systems work well in your organisation?
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  • Anonymous

    Reporting mechanisms in serious incidents "near misses" are extremely necessary.

    I think it is a sad indicment that nurses may not feel comfortable reporting serious clinical incidents. For that reason I would advocate anonymity.

    What I believe is more important, for the right outcome, is the investigation that the reporting should initiate.

    That investigation should be exhaustive, accurate and acted upon.

    We need to protect vulnerable members of the public who put their trust in us.

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