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Incident Reports




  • Discusses the importance of incident reports
  • Outlines how to decide what to report
  • Describes the arrangements for reporting
  • Discusses the responsibility for incident reporting
  • Discusses occupational health and safety in reference to incident reports

The reporting of incidents is a vitally important aspect of nursing documentation. Proper incident reporting makes a significant contribution to high standards of care for residents and improved occupational health and safety for staff. This chapter guides nurses on how to accurately report an incidence and to ensure a higher level of safety for both staff and residents in an aged care facility.


Contents include

  • Introduction
  • Importance of incident reports
  • Deciding what to report
    • Residents
    • Nurses
    • Aged-care facilities
  • Arrangements for reporting
  • Responsibility for incident reporting
  • General responsibilities
    • Statutory responsibilities
    • Clinical issues
    • Collating and analysing reports
    • Building or equipment maintenance
    • Supplies and inventories
  • Occupational health and safety
    • Importance of 'near misses'
    • Investigating incidents
    • Building, equipment, inventories, and purchases
  • Conclusion
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Author / Editor Biographies

Adrian Cross holds a diploma in production engineering, a degree in arts and a graduate diploma in ergonomics. Adrian worked in industry for 25 years, dealing with quality assurance and occupational health and safety. He then worked in the public service for 15 years specialising in facilities' management-including the management of hospitals and aged-care facilities. Adrian is now a lecturer in aged-services management and occupational health and safety at Victoria University and Kangan Batman TAFE (Melbourne, Australia).

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