To focus care on patients' needs, and determine the most appropriate model of care for the patient, it is important that health services identify and assess patients' risk of harm.
The National safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards identify a number of risks in the Comprehensive Care Standard.
The risks in the NSQHS Standards include cognitive, behavioural, mental and physiological such as:
- Preventing and managing pressure injuries
- Preventing falls and harm from falls
- Nutrition and hydration
- Preventing delirium and managing cognitive impairment
- Predicting, preventing and managing self-harm and suicide
- Predicting, preventing and managing aggression and violence
- Minimising restrictive practices including restraint and seclusion