Pediatric care is complex due to developmental and dependency issues associated with children. How these factors impact the specific processes of care is an area of science in which little is known. We are only beginning to understand the relationship between nurse staffing and adverse events in hospitalized children; effects that may be compounded by inadequate numbers of pediatric nurses. Throughout health care providing safe and high quality patient care continues to provide significant challenges. Efforts to improve the safety and quality of care are resource intensive and take continued commitment not only by those who deliver care, but by agencies and foundations that fund this work. Advocates for children’s health care must be at the table when key policy and regulatory issues are discussed. Only then will the voice of our most vulnerable groups of health care consumers be heard.
Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses
Patient Safety; Quality Assurance, Health Care; Infant; Child; Adolescent
Lacey, S. R., Smith, J. B., Cox, K. Pediatric Safety and Quality Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses , (2008).