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Unit VII Research Paper

Patient Safety Issue in Hospitals

For this assignment, you will conduct research and write a paper about one prevalent safety issue in hospitals. Examples include but are not limited to falls, medication errors, hospital-acquired infections, wrong-site surgery, pressure injuries, and missed/delayed diagnosis.

At a minimum, your research and writing must cover the following:

· definition of the problem

· scope of the problem

· current statistics regarding the problem

· effects on patients

· mitigation strategies

· the role of quality management, process improvement, patient safety, and risk management in managing the safety issue you selected.

· what process improvement process might be the most useful in improvement efforts for the safety concern you selected?

· any relevant laws or regulations that govern the safety concern you selected.

· how the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) relates to the safety concern you selected or any applicable privacy concerns

· a comparison to a historic trend in health care

· Which health care setting does the issue exist in?

· Include which health care team members would be involved.

· What is leadership’s role?

Your research paper should be at least five pages. Use at least four outside sources to support your research. Adhere to APA Style when writing the paper, creating citations, and citing references for this assignment.