• Shuffle
    Toggle On
    Toggle Off
  • Alphabetize
    Toggle On
    Toggle Off
  • Front First
    Toggle On
    Toggle Off
  • Both Sides
    Toggle On
    Toggle Off
  • Read
    Toggle On
    Toggle Off

How to study your flashcards.

Right/Left arrow keys: Navigate between flashcards.right arrow keyleft arrow key

Up/Down arrow keys: Flip the card between the front and back.down keyup key

H key: Show hint (3rd side).h key

A key: Read text to speech.a key


Play button


Play button




Click to flip

91 Cards in this Set

  • Front
  • Back
what is the IOM?
Institute of Medicine:
A nonprofit organization specifically created for science-based advice on matters of biomedical science, medicine and health.
what does the IOM do?
what is its mission?
provides a vital service by working outside the framework of government to ensure scientifically informed analysis and independent guidance. The IOM's mission is to serve as adviser to the nation to improve health.
what are four landmark reports issued by the IOM?
To Err is Human: Building A Safer Health System (1999)
Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century (2001)
Health Professions Education: A Bridge to Quality (2003)
Keeping Patients Safe: Transforming the Work Environment of Nurses (2004)
Preventing Medication Errors: Quality Chasm Series (2006)
To Err is Human brought light to what issue?
44,000 to 98,000 people die in hospitals every year as a result of medical errors that could have been prevented. Even using the lower estimate, preventable medical errors exceed attributable deaths to such feared threats as MVAs, breast cancer and AIDS.
Average = 71,000 = 195 people/day, 1,365 people/week, almost 6,000 people/month
most medical errors a caused by what?
faulty systems, processes, and conditions that lead people to make mistakes or fail to prevent them.
what is the main point of Crossing the Quality Chasm?
described what kind of health system we need to create.
what acronym describes the kind of health system that we need to create?
What does STEEEP stand for?
describe each word in the STEEEP acronym
Safe: avoiding injuries to patients from the care that is intended to help them.
Timely: reducing waits and sometimes harmful delays for both those who receive and those who give care.
Effective: providing services based on scientific knowledge to all who could benefit, and refraining from providing services to those not likely to benefit.
Efficient: avoiding waste, including waste of equipment, supplies, ideas, and energy.
Equitable: providing care that does not vary in quality because of personal characteristics such as gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and socioeconomic status.
Patient-centered: providing care that is respectful of and responsive to in dividual patient preferences, needs, and values, and ensuring that patient values guide all clinical decisions
what is the AHRQ?
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ):
AHRQ serves as the lead agency on medical errors within the Quality Interagency Coordination Task Force (known as the QuIC), which developed the Federal response to the IOM report
National Guideline Clearinghouse
Research shows that it take how many years before evidence based practices are incorporated into widespread clinical use (AHRQ, 2004).
Research shows that it take 17 years before evidence based practices are incorporated into widespread clinical use (AHRQ, 2004).
what is The Joint Commission?
An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 16,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards
what does the Joint Commission do?
Tracks sentinel events nationally
National Patient Safety Goals are determined by the tracking of sentinel events nationally.
what is a sentinel event?
A sentinel event is an unexpected ocurrence involving death or serious physical or psychological injury, or the risk thereof. Serious injury specifically includes loss of limb or funtion. The phrase “or the risk therof” includes may process variation for which a recurrence would carry a significant chance of serious adverse outcome. Such events are called “sentinel” because they signal the need for immediate investigation and response.
what is the NQF?
the National Quality Forum
what does the NQF do?
Setting national priorities and goals for performance improvement;
Endorsing national consensus standards for measuring and publicly reporting on performance; and
Promoting the attainment of national goals through education and outreach programs.
what is the IHI
Institute for Healthcare Improvement
What is the main emphasis of the IHI?
the 5 million lives campaign
and the
"No Needless List"
what are the components of the "No Needless List"
no needless death
no needless pain or suffering
no needless helplessness in those served or serving
no unwanted waiting
no waste
no one left out
what is QSEN
Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN)
what are the emphases of QSEN
preparing future nurses with the knowledge, skills and attitudes (KSA)

Patient Centered Care
Teamwork & Collaboration
Quality Improvement
what is the next IHI campaign about?
going after "Medical Harm"
What is the definition of "Medical Harm"
Unintended physical injury resulting from or contributed to by medical care (including the absence of indicated medical treatment), that requires additional monitoring, treatment or hospitalization, or that results in death.
Such injury is considered harm whether or not it is considered preventable, whether or not it resulted from a medical error, and whether or not it occurred within a hospital.
what are the interventions from the IHI 5 million lives campaign
Deploy Rapid Response Teams…at the first sign of patient decline
Deliver Reliable, Evidence-Based Care for Acute Myocardial Infarction…to prevent deaths from heart attack
Prevent Adverse Drug Events (ADEs)…by implementing medication reconciliation
Prevent Central Line Infections…by implementing a series of interdependent, scientifically grounded steps
Prevent Surgical Site Infections…by reliably delivering the correct perioperative antibiotics at the proper time
Prevent Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia…by implementing a series of interdependent, scientifically grounded steps
Prevent Pressure Ulcers... by reliably using science-based guidelines for their prevention
Reduce Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Infection…by reliably implementing scientifically proven infection control practices
Prevent Harm from High-Alert Medications... starting with a focus on anticoagulants, sedatives, narcotics, and insulin
Reduce Surgical Complications... by reliably implementing all of the changes in care recommended by the Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP)
Deliver Reliable, Evidence-Based Care for Congestive Heart Failure…to reduce readmissions
Get Boards on Board….Defining and spreading the best-known leveraged processes for hospital Boards of Directors, so that they can become far more effective in accelerating organizational progress toward safe care
define CAS
Complex Adaptive Systems
CAS approach understands that systems often include the following characteristics: unpredictability, ambiguity, time pressure, stress laden situations, high stakes and decision making by teams with frequently changing members.
Causality is not unidirectional but often bidirectional, involving the interaction of two or more entities. From these complex interactions emerge unpredictable behvavior patterns leading to small changes that may or may not lead to wide-spread changes.
what is required for making change in complex environments according to the CAS approach?
requires recognition and appreciation for the bidirectionality and unpredictability of system relationships, including human, technical and process.
what does the swiss cheese model involve
hazards exist on a spectrum from the blunt end to the sharp end of an "arrow" which points towards losses". These "holes" start out with organizational factors and line management factors at the blunt end. At the sharp end are holes caused by active failures Holes in each successive layer eventually line up to allow actual losses.
what is human factors science?
a science focused on human performance in varying situations and environments, often in interaction with technology.
what are latent conditions or gaps?
discontinuities in the layers of defense in work environments
Woods (1998) proposed that a major barrier to making progress in safety and quality is___________________________________
the failure to appreciate the complexity of work.
what are the four characteristics of the cognitive or invisible work required in complex work environments?
Large number of parts and connectedness between parts
High uncertainty
common characteristics across different types of complex occupations that influence decision making:
Time pressure
High stakes
Inadequate information (missing, ambiguous or erroneous)
Ill defined goals
Poorly defined procedures
Dynamic conditions
People working in teams
Stressful conditions
what are some gaps and latent failures confronting nurses in the midst of care delivery?
Missing equipment
Waiting for access to needed systems and resources
Lack of time to complete interventions that were judged necessary to reach desired outcomes
Inconsistencies in how information was communicated
why has health care lagged behind other industries in safety?
because of its reliance on individual performance as the main key to improvement. Other industries have reduced errors by understanding that the way to be safer is to design systems so that it is difficult to make a make a mistake and easy to recover from mistakes that do occur.
what must be present for an infection to occur?
Infectious Agent
Reservoir (Source)
Portal of exit for the pathogen
Mode of transmission
Portal of entry into the host
Susceptible host
give examples of infectious agents and reservoirs
. Infectious agents
Bacteria, Viruses, Fungi, Parasites, Drug-resistant Microbial strains

2. Reservoir (source)
Humans, Animals
Soil, air, food, water
give examples of portals of exit and modes of transmission
Portal of exit
Sputum, emesis, stool, urine, wound drainage, secretions from genitals

Mode of transmission
Contact & droplet, vehicle, airborne, vectorborne
give examples of portals of entry and compromised/susceptible hosts
. Portal of entry
Body orifices, breaks in skin or mucus membranes, invasive procedures/equipment

6. Compromised (susceptible) host
Weakened body defense mechanisms
Increased infection risk
define pathogenicity
Organism’s ability to cause harm/disease
define virulence
Vigor to grow and multiply
define invasiveness
Ability to enter tissues
define specificity
Attraction to a host, including humans
what are the body's system defenses?
Secretions containing antibodies
Secretions with acidic pH that inhibit bacterial growth
Hair-like cilia that line respiratory tract
Immune system
what are the factors that contribute to drug resistant microbial strains?
Over-prescription of antibiotics
Use of inappropriate antibiotics for the infecting organisms
Incomplete use of antibiotic prescriptions as symptoms subside
Harboring and spreading of resistant organisms by carriers who remain symptom free
Increased use of antibiotics in farming, thus contaminating milk and meat
how prevalant is S. aureus and how prevalant is MRSA?
About one-third of people in the world have S. aureus bacteria on their bodies at any given time primarily in the nose and on the skin.
Of the people with S. aureus present, about 1 percent has MRSA, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
who is at risk for developing drug resistant microbial infections?
Persons who have been previously treated with antibiotics
Persons who are hospitalized, particularly when they receive antibiotic treatment for long periods of time
Persons with weakened immune systems, such as patients in intensive-care units, cancer, or transplant wards
Persons who have undergone surgical procedures, such as abdominal or chest surgery
Persons with medical devices that stay in for some time, such as urinary catheters or central intravenous catheters
define MRSA Colinization
MRSA Colonization is the term used to describe those who
have drug resistant staph aureus bacteria on or in their
bodies but have not yet become ill through the infection of a wound or other area of tissue.
what are the possible results of MRSA colinization
Once colonized with MRSA, a person can remain a carrier of
the bacteria from a few days or weeks, up to several years.
During this time period, people colonized with MRSA are not
only at an increased risk for infecting others, but also
what are the signs/symptoms of the inflammatory response?
Arterioles at injury dilate = increased blood flow = redness and warmth
Inflammatory mediators delivered to the site = increased permeability of vessels  edema
Edema = pressure on nerves  pain
WBCs ingest/destroy organisms and cellular debris  increased WBC count
what are the three types of exudate?
Serous: clear, like plasma
Sanguineous : contains RBCs (pinkish color)
Purulent: contains WBCs and bacteria (white pus, greenish)
what is the systemic inflammatory response syndrome? (SIRS)
Serious medical condition caused by the body's response to an infection.
Leads to widespread inflammation and blood clotting.
Blood clotting during sepsis causes reduced blood flow to limbs and vital organs, and can lead to organ failure or gangrene (damage to tissues).
worst case scenario
what are the 9 possible symptoms of sepsis?
Decreased urine output
Fast heart rate
Warm skin or a skin rash
Confusion or delirium
Hyperventilation (rapid breathing)
what are the distinguishing characteristics betwee systemic and local infection?
Systemic (fever, malaise, weakness)
Heat, redness, pain/tenderness, swelling
Drainage (bloody, serous, purulent)
Abscess (localized collection of pus)
Cellulitis (involves cellular and connective tissue)
describe standard precautions
precautions taken for all patients because All body fluids of all patients should be considered hazardous, regardless if a diagnosis is known
what are the types of transmission based precautions?
Applies to clients with documented or suspected infections with highly transmissible or epidemiologically important pathogens by contact, droplet or airborne modes of transmission
what are the criteria for airborne precautions and which diseases does it apply to?
Criteria: Droplet nuclei <5μm (small droplet)

Can stay suspended and widely dispersed by air currents

For patients with: Measles, Varicella Zoster Virus, TB
what are the accomodations and precautions used for airborne precautions?
Accommodations: Private, negative air flow room

Precautions: respirator or N95 mask (for provider when in room, for patient when he/she out of room); dedicated equipment
what is the criteria for contact precations and the diseases to which it applies?
Criteria: diseases spread by direct patient or environmental contact

For patients with MRSA, VRE, other drug resistant organisms, RSV, various enteric pathogens (C. difficile diarrhea), shingles (disseminated varicella)

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)
what are the accomodations and precautions used for contact precautions?
Accommodations: private room or cohort

Precautions: glove and gown; dedicated equipment
what is the criteria for droplet precautions and to which diseases does it apply?
Criteria: droplets >5μm

For patients with diphtheria, rubella, pertussis, mumps, meningococcal pneumonia
what are the accomodations and precautions used in droplet precautions?
Accommodations: private room or cohort patients (must be at least 3 feet between patients)

Precautions: simple mask (for provider when in room, for patient when he/she out of room); dedicated equipment
what are protective isolation precautions used for?
Neuropenic patients (neutrophils < 500/mm3)
Burns, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunosuppressive medications
what accomodations and precautions does protective isolation precautions involve?
Private room / Door closed

Meticulous hand hygiene by patient, HCWs, visitors

Restrict visitors with infectious diseases

No fresh fruit, vegetables (controversial), flowers, plants, uncooked meat/fish

Limited social interactions can cause psychological problems, especially with children
define asepsis
The absence of pathogenic, or disease producing, microorganisms
define medical asepsis and what is it a.k.a.?
Medical asepsis (aka clean technique)
Includes procedures used to reduce and prevent the spread of pathogens
e.g., using gloves, cleaning the environment
what is surgical asepsis and it's a.k.a.?
Surgical asepsis (aka sterile technique)
An object must be free of all microorganisms
what are some types of barriers used in infection control?
Caps and Shoe Coverings
Gloves – latex, vinyl
Private Rooms
Equipment and Refuse Handling
when should soap and water be used in hand hygiene?
Soap-water should be used when:
Hands are visibly soiled
Before and after eating
After using the restroom
if patient has C. difficile-alcohol is not effective against this pathogen
when should you ALWAYS wear gloves?
what should you NEVER touch with bare hands?
Use clean, nonsterile when touching blood, body fluids, secretions, excretions, contaminated articles
Put on gloves just before touching mucous membranes or nonintact skin
what are the three principle things to remember when applying sterile technique?
Never assume an object is sterile
Check packaging / expiration date
Always face the sterile field
Sterile articles only touch sterile articles
what are some more principles of sterile technique?
Hands must be kept above waist and on top
Close doors, DO NOT reach across sterile fields, cough, sneeze or talk excessively over field
A person who is considered sterile who becomes contaminated must reestablish sterility
when are sterile objects and fields likely to become contaminated
A sterile object or field becomes contaminated by prolonged exposure to air

When a sterile surface comes in contact with a wet, contaminated surface, the sterile field becomes contaminated by capillary action.

The edges of a sterile field or container are considered to be contaminated
Decreased intravascular volume: deydration, hemorrhage, burns, shock
Altered peripheral vascular resistance: sepsis, anaphylactic reactions
Cardiac pump failure: HF, MI, Hypertensive heart disease, valvular diseases, pericardial tamponade
Factors that decrease circulating blood flow through the kidneys with subsequent decreased perfusion to renal tissue
Decreased renal blood flow
Outside of the urinary system
Use of nephrotoxic agents (ie: gentamycin)
Transfusion reactions
Diseases of the glomeruli (ie: glomenlonephritis)
Systemic diseases (ie: diabetes)
Hereditary diseases (ie: polycystic kidney diseases)
Infections of the kidney
Factors that cause injury directly to the glomeruli or renal tubules interfering with their normal filtering, reabsorptive, and secretory functions
Within the kidney filtration areas
Ureteral, bladder, or urethral obstruction: calculi, blood clots, tumors, stricture
Prostatic hypertrophy
Neurogenic bladder
Pelvic tumors
Retroperitoneal fibrosis

Result from obstruction to the urinary collecting system anywhere from the calyces to the urethral meatus
Urinary is formed by the urinary system but cannot be eliminated by normal means
When should you call the MD when tracking urinary output?
if urinary output is less than </= 30 mL for two consecutive hours is cause for concern-CALL MD!
what are the symptoms of uti?
Dysuria, N/V, fever, chills, fatigue
Older persons – confusion or vague abdominal discomfort
Cystitis: frequency, urgency
Hematuria: blood in urine
Bacteriuria may lead to urosepsis
Pyleonephritis: flank pain, tenderness; fever; chills
what are the appropriate indications for indwelling urinary catheters?
Acute urinary retention or bladder outlet obstruction
Accurate measurement of urine output in critically ill patients
Selected perioperative situations
Patient requires prolonged immobilization
To assist in healing of open sacral or perineal wounds in incontinent patients
End-of-life care
what is a care bundle
Collection of guidelines and interventions that, when consistently followed, have been shown to improve outcomes.
what are the components of the CAUTI Care Bundle
Insert catheters for appropriate indications only
Leave catheters in place only as long as needed
Ensure that only properly trained persons insert and maintain catheters
Insert catheters using sterile technique
Maintain a closed drainage system
Maintain unobstructed urine flow
Practice hand hygiene and standard precautions
what is BUS used for?
Non-invasive Interventions
Bladder Ultrasound (BUS): A portable US device measures urine volume using a probe that is attached to a screen capable of visualizing bladder. Used to measure post void residual (PVR
what are the risk factors for falls?
Older than 65 years
Documented history of falls
Impaired vision or sense of balance
Altered gait or posture; impaired mobility
Medication regimen
Postural hypotension
Slowed reaction time; weakness and physical frailty
Confusion or disorientation; unfamiliar environment
what are some strategies to use before implementing restraints?
Reorienting patient verbally on a consistent basis
Provide visual cues to reorient patient
Remind patient of use of call light
Family member at bedside
Use of distraction to keep patient safe without restraints
if feasible, ______________ is needed to use restraints. If client is unable, then what?
informed consent

If client is unable, the consent of a proxy must be obtained with full disclosure of risks/benefits
Restraint of patient without informed consent or sufficient justification is false imprisonment
how often must you remove restraints?
every 2 hours
check circulation and exercise limbs.
what must you have before applying restraints?
A Physician's Order!
Apply restraints in an emergency but get physician order ASAP
Orders specify the duration and circumstances
No PRN orders
once restraints have been placed, what must happen?
Patient must be offered nutrition, hydration, use of toilet on a regular basis
Need for restraints must be revisited every shift
New order for restraints is needed every 24 hours
Restraints must be removed, circulation must be assessed on a regular basis (see facility policy for time interval)
what is the RESTRAINT protocol?
Respond to the present, not the past.
Evaluate the potential for injury.
Speak with family members or caregivers.
Try alternative measures first
Reassess the patient to determine whether alternatives are successful.
Alert the physician and family if restraints are indicated.
Individualize restraint use.
Note important information on the patient’s chart.
Time–limit the use of restraints.
what are some negative outcomes from restraints?
Direct Injury
Nerve injury, ischemic injury, asphyxiation, sudden death, death
Indirect Injury
More likely to fall, increased LOS, decline in social behavior, cognition and mobility, increase in disorientation, development of pressure ulcers, bowel/bladder incontinence
when should you assess risk of falling?
Perform standardized fall risk assessment for all patients on admission and whenever patients’ clinical status changes.
Identify at every shift the patients most at risk of moderate to serious injury from a fall.