Incident reporting is the responsibility of all team members. This article will provide you with a clear overview of writing an effective incident report, what to include and how to describe the situation objectively.
It is important to ensure that prompt reporting of an incident, as well as appropriate corrective action, take place. Time lines for both will also be legally imposed. You should therefore understand that the requirement of incident reporting in your workplace should result in improvements in your practice environment.
Incident reports comprise two aspects. First, there is the actual reporting of any particular incident (this may be something affecting you, your patient or other staff members), and the relevant corrective action taken. Secondly, information from incident reports is analysed to identify overall improvements in the workplace or service.
You should be familiar with, and follow, incident reporting procedures in your workplace. The following tips are provided to help this process.
Complete your report as soon as the incident occurs, or as soon as is feasible afterwards. Never try to cover up or hide a mistake! Nurses practice within a Code of Conduct. Detailed discussion is essential, especially thorough communication in aged care settings where residents remain in the nurse’s care for longer periods of time.
By following these simple tips, you will help to keep your patients safe and will also protect yourself.