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Risk assessment 

Risk assessment
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Risk assessment
Author(s):

Maria Flynn

, and Dave Mercer

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198743477.003.0012
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date: 21 October 2019

General adult nurses work with people in hospitals, hospices, community care services, and people’s homes. Irrespective of the place of work, there will be many routine procedures which are an important part of reducing risk to people and organizing subsequent nursing work. It is recognized that all organizations will have different risk assessment tools and recording procedures, but there are generic principles of safety which underpin all these tools. An important aspect of nursing decision-making and practice is understanding and managing risk, and factoring risk management into the planning and delivery of nursing care. This chapter considers the broad principles of risk assessments which are widely used across healthcare environments.

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