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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Marilee G. Bomar, BSN, RN (University of Missouri-Columbia)
Description: This is a reference guide for long term care facilities interested in beginning a risk management program.
Purpose: This book provides an overview of risk management, the rationale for risk management in this era of litigation, topics to be included in setting up a risk management program, and how to implement a program. The author furnishes pertinent questions and sample forms relevant to specific risk management topics. Ways to incorporate continuous quality improvement (CQI) data in risk management is discussed. Throughout the text the author emphasizes the importance of using the team concept to enhance risk management programming and quality improvement efforts. Information on how to reply to legal claims is included.
Audience: This book is intended for administrators, directors of nursing, and medical directors of long term care facilities who are preparing to design and implement a risk management program.
Features: The table of contents and index are easy to use and are presented in a logical format. One of the best features of this book is the summarization of key points into 10 tips at the end of each chapter. The resource list of organizations at the end of the book is also helpful.
Assessment: As lawsuits against long term care facilities rise, it will be important that health professionals know how to properly address the areas of care most frequently involved in litigation. This reference guide provides practical and useful information for designing arid implementing a risk management program in long term care facilities.