John Libbey Eurotext

Gériatrie et Psychologie Neuropsychiatrie du Vieillissement


Incidence, criticality and typology of care-related adverse event in nursing homes: first French epidemiological characteristics and prevention perspectives Volume 18, issue 2, Juin 2020


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1 SRA QualiRELSanté, Hôpital Saint Jacques, Nantes, France
2 Unité de recherche PHU 11, CHU Hôtel Dieu, Nantes, France
* Correspondance

Knowledge in France on the subject of care-related adverse events in the nursing home sector is sparse. An observational descriptive study was conducted in 25 nursing homes over a period of 2 weeks over periods of two weeks between 2016 and 2017. It aimed to describe the types of care-related adverse event, and to assess their seriousness, frequency of occurrence, and criticality. Eighty-six types of care-related adverse event belonging to 13 risk domains were identified (31 by the investigating physician). Among these types of event, 11 corresponded to an unacceptable level of criticality, and 13 were categorised as warranting surveillance. Efforts in nursing homes should focus on the various types of care-related adverse event: loss of or damage to a medical device; failure to administer a medication; failure to coordinate between structures; shortfalls in planning and care continuity; shortfalls in the information system; loss of or damage to laundry items; unplanned escapade. Recommendations on the main lines of prevention and improvement in nursing homes should be the subject of future study.