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An Introduction to Clinical Governance and Patient Safety$
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Elizabeth Haxby, David Hunter, and Siân Jaggar

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199558612

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558612.001.0001

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Risk awareness

Risk awareness

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(p.11) Chapter 2 Risk awareness
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An Introduction to Clinical Governance and Patient Safety
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Suzette Woodward

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558612.003.0002

Risk awareness is the recognition of the potential for hazards, risks, and incidents that occur within the healthcare environment and result in patient harm. Being risk aware means that individuals and organizations are potentially able to prevent error and subsequent harm to patients by putting plans and contingencies in place. Within organizations an effective patient safety culture is said to exist when there is high awareness of safety issues at all levels from Trust Board to Ward. This chapter discusses factors which help improve risk awareness, barriers to effective action, and tools which help improve risk awareness.

Keywords:   risk awareness, risk management, healthcare practice, patient safety, effective action

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