Key points for patient safety in dialysis access.

Widmer, Matthias K; Schwappach, David; Schmidli, Jürg; Wyss, Thomas Rudolf (2015). Key points for patient safety in dialysis access. Journal of vascular access, 16(Suppl 9), pp. 114-117. Wichtig 10.5301/jva.5000375

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For more than 15 years, patient safety has been an issue in different domains of medicine. There is evidence for this subject and also a great need for information. First, we should be familiar with the basic terminology such as the relationship between adverse events and errors, and understand the variations of error. In patient management, besides skills and knowledge (evidence-based medicine), the ability (competence) of healthcare professionals to act and react in unexpected situations is key to prevent and treat adverse events. Not only healthcare professionals should be involved in the process but also healthy people in a way that they understand and patients in a way that they are actively involved. This paper will show how a more general view of patient safety can and should be implemented in the daily work of caregivers dealing with dialysis access in different aspects. A key factor to advance in this subject is to be open-minded and sensualized for this topic. The reader should get an idea of how an institution can create a culture of safety.

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Journal Article (Review Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Cardiovascular Disorders (DHGE) > Clinic of Cardiovascular Surgery
04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM)

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Widmer, Matthias, Schwappach, David, Schmidli, Jürg, Wyss, Thomas Rudolf


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services








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02 Apr 2015 10:44

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02 Mar 2023 23:26

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