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Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem

Print version ISSN 0034-7167On-line version ISSN 1984-0446

Abstract

SERAFIM, Clarita Terra Rodrigues et al. Severity and workload related to adverse events in the ICU. Rev. Bras. Enferm. [online]. 2017, vol.70, n.5, pp.942-948. ISSN 0034-7167.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/0034-7167-2016-0427.

Objective:

To analyze whether an increase in patient severity and nursing workload are correlated to a greater incidence of adverse events (AEs) in critical patients.

Method:

A prospective single cohort study was performed on a sample of 138 patients hospitalized in an intensive care unit (ICU).

Results:

A total of 166 AEs, occurred, affecting 50.7% of the patients. Increased patient severity presented a direct relationship to the probability of AEs occurring. However, nursing workload did not present a statistically significant relationship with the occurrence of AEs.

Conclusion:

The results cast light on the importance of using evaluation tools by the nursing personnel in order to optimize their daily activities and focus on patient safety.

Keywords : Nursing Care; Patient Severity; Workload; Safety Management; Patient Safety.

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