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NYIDE, Spumelelo P.; BRYSIEWICZ, Petra; BRUCE, John  and  CLARKE, Damian L.. A retrospective audit of nursing-related morbidity recorded in a state hospital in KwaZulu-Natal. Curationis [online]. 2019, vol.42, n.1, pp.1-5. ISSN 2223-6279.

BACKGROUND: Health care professionals are expected to deliver safe and effective health services; however there is increased realisation that adverse events in the health system are a major cause of preventable morbidity and mortality. OBJECTIVES: To conduct a retrospective audit of nursing-related morbidities in a state hospital in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. METHOD: A retrospective audit of nursing-related morbidities documented by the surgical service was carried out using the Hybrid Electronic Medical Registry data for a period of 3 years - 01 November 2013 to 31 October 2016. RESULTS: There were a total of 12 444 admissions to surgical service during the study period, with 461 nursing-related morbidities reported. There was an increase in the number of documented nursing-related morbidities noted during November 2015 to October 2016, with 79% of all reported nursing-related morbidities documented during this period. A total of 54% of nursing-related morbidities were associated with males (n = 248) and 46% (n = 213) with females. The most commonly documented nursing-related morbidity was drugs/medication (n = 167, 36%) with the second most common being adjunct management (n = 130, 28%). CONCLUSION: The study has identified the most commonly documented nursing-related morbidities in the surgical service of a state hospital. The findings of the study could provide direction for further research and educational initiatives.

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