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Criminologists identify range of 'red flags' for killer nurses


As much there should be a safe + harm free environment for all our patients and colleagues, imagine working under constant observation pending an imminent CQC inspection. Now multiply that several times with the stress of being under the spotlight with higher mortality rates. My anxieties and concerns includes if an unfortunate cascade of events and when things become very stretched takes over, blame may be put onto innocent staff and not directed at the person who caused harm. Also death may happen when that person is not be on shift, so again other colleagues would be under the spotlight. It assumes the culprit have to be on duty to deliver the fatal 'dose' or neglect key elements of care at a critical time (and eg. wielding a bloody knife). In terms of access to patients, think of how many visitors there are in any given area - not just nurses, these can also include non-clinical people as well as external visitors. Again who's going to be monitoring the monitors? If there's a case of potentially wasting resources, increasing retention problems, with more auditing/monitoring and the feelings of 1984 over us, this will be it.

Posted date

28 November, 2014

Posted time

4:40 pm