Journal 5-1 Patient Safety and Abuse Safety is very important when dealing with our patients. The Joint Commission in collaboration with other institutions committed itself in improving health care safety for the public as part of its mission. In a hospital setting, it is everybody’s duty to provide safety and prevent harm to our patients. Abuse as defined by the Texas State Legislature means the negligent or willful infliction of injury, unreasonable confinement, intimidation or cruel punishment with resulting physical or emotional harm or pain by the caregiver, family or other individual who has an ongoing relationship with the person concern. Abuse is not only limited to physical but also include emotional, financial, sexual, medical and medication use and neglect (Community Training Manual, December 2002). In doing an admission and we see some bruises and abrasions on the patient, we immediately suspect some abuse on the patient. As nurses, we need to recognize such things, and we need to report our suspicion. It is not the duty of the nurse to investigate but by law we have
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- Spring '16
- Tara Delle Chiaie