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What Are The Risks

Many steps can be taken to address safety issues; below are ideas on how you can influence and prioritize safety.

Needlestick Injuries
When a team member or patient is inadvertently injured due to a needlestick, the situation can be distressing to say the least - and the incident could have a terrible outcome, depending on the specific circumstances.
The main concern when it comes to needlestick injuries is the transmission of blood-borne diseases, including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
Increased Costs Per Patient
Of course, a longer stay in hospital means extra money must be spent to care for the patient. Valuable bed space will be used, additional medications may need to be administered, and doctor and nurses will need to continue providing care.
What's more, some failures in risk management could also lead to increased insurance premiums for the hospital.
Reduced Quality of Care
When risks aren't properly managed, it reflects poorly on the facility as a whole, as well as the medical staff who work hard to care for patients. Patients and their families may notice the potential threats to their wellbeing and this may lead them to question if they are getting the best care.
As well as the perceived risks, potential hazards can also lead to an actual reduction in the overall quality of treatment. They could also cause staff shortages, slower response times and longer waiting lists. Meanwhile, needlesticks and incorrect sterilisation techniques could result in a patient contracting an additional disease, and this could be problematic for recovery.
Legal Cases If the accident could have been prevented, the facility could be held liable for damages. Legal cases take up a lot of resource, and fees and settlement payments can be expensive.
Increased Length of Stay A failure to effectively manage risk could lead to a patient's recovery taking longer than expected, or it might mean that they must remain in care for additional time in order to treat new injuries or illness that they contracted during their stay.