Human factors and the death of a child in hospital: a case review
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Human factors and the death of a child in hospital: a case review

Heather Gluyas Doctor of nursing, Murdoch University, Mandurah, Australia
Emily Michelle Hookham Clinical coding auditor and educator, Royal Perth Hospital and Bentley Hospital, Perth, Australia

Learning from adverse events and errors is important if systems and processes are to be improved and to minimise the likelihood of similar events in the future. This article uses the report from a coroner’s inquest into the death of a seven-year-old child in hospital to examine errors that contributed to the child’s death. These errors are reviewed from a human factors perspective. The article provides an overview of error causation concepts and offers strategies that healthcare organisations can implement to reduce the incidence of such errors.

Nursing Standard. 30, 31, 46-51. doi: 10.7748/ns.30.31.46.s45


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Received: 05 May 2015

Accepted: 06 November 2015

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