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Minimising patient harm

Patients at risk of specific harm are identified, and clinicians deliver targeted strategies to prevent and manage harm.

The screening actions in this standard aim to identify the patients who are at the greatest risk of harm while receiving health care. The specific risks identified in this criterion are areas in which at-risk patients are commonly harmed. Implementing targeted, best-practice strategies can prevent or minimise the risk of these specific harms:


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: restraint

Minimising restrictive practices: seclusion

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