Adverse events in the neonatal intensive care unit: Development, testing, and findings of an NICU-focused Trigger Tool to identify harm in North American NICUs

Sharek PJ, Horbar JD, Mason W, et al. Adverse events in the neonatal intensive care unit: Development, testing, and findings of an NICU-focused trigger tool to identify harm in North American NICUs. Pediatrics. 2006 Oct;118(4):1332-1340.

 

This article discusses the use of a NICU-focused tool for adverse event detection and describes the incidence of adverse events in NICUs identified by this tool. The authors found that adverse event rates in the NICU setting are substantially higher than previously described and the majority are preventable. They concluded that the NICU-focused trigger tool appears efficient and effective at identifying adverse events.

 

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