RM are the people tasked with the responsibility of reducing clinical risks that might happen in a hospital or health provision center. The risk management entails coming up with a code of conduct where all the stakeholders are supposed to adhere to the code of conduct (Donn & Fanaroff, 2017). Some risks need to be protected within a hospital to preserve the image and reputation of the hospital. In case accidents happen within the hospital its reputation will be lost, and no patient will want to be treated at the facility. The RM identify all the areas that have potential risks and comes up with measures of ensuring that the risks do not happen.
In a clinical setting, many risks exist that the manager clinical manager need to put up strategies of ensuring that the risks are managed before they occur (Donn & Fanaroff, 2017). The clinical setting entails treating patients facing various health-related challenges; hence all threats need to be eliminated. The risks that might come up as patients are being treated need to be eliminated so that the safety of the patients can be guaranteed. Patients’ grievances need to be solved whenever they come up to ensure that customer confidence is improved.
RM learn about the risks that happen within the institution through the various stakeholders that are involved in various tasks within the institution. Accidents that happen while the patients are being treated need to be resolved; therefore the nurse is supposed to communicate about the accident to the risk manager for appropriate action to be taken.
Organizations have policies and procedures that they use in reporting and documenting all the errors that happen within the organization. The policies ensure that stakeholders are responsible for their actions (Donn & Fanaroff, 2017). The policies state that all the employees should be accountable for their actions; hence they need to ensure that no errors occur in the areas that they major in. The purpose of the policies and procedures is to make the employees adhere to ethical professional practices. The policies and practices promote compliance of the regulations set by the law. Documenting the policies give the stakeholders a point of reference that they can consider using whenever they face situations that they are not clear with. The errors and risks can be documented to draw the line between what is acceptable and what is not acceptable.
The healthcare system focuses on giving guidelines on measures that need to be taken when the policy and procedures are violated. The challenge that comes when dealing with the errors in determining whether to disclose it to the victim who might be the patient (Hopkin, 2018). Some systems are set to inform the patients of the errors; some errors are difficult to deal with; therefore the way the patient is informed should not affect the patient emotionally. The policy states that error victims need to be informed of the errors. The challenge comes on the way to approach the victim and inform them of the error. The health care systems are meant to make the clinicians serious in their work to ensure that there are no errors. The health professionals are worried about the actions to be taken by the victims. Victims need to be informed after errors have occurred for them to find the solution to the challenges.
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