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Nursing issues
Patient safety during the COVID-19 pandemic: learning from what goes right facilitates future safety improvements
  1. Lina Bergman1,
  2. Ann-Charlotte Falk2
  1. 1Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
  2. 2Department for Health Promoting Science, Sophiahemmet University, Stockholm, Sweden
  1. Correspondence to Dr Lina Bergman, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden; lina.bergman{at}ki.se

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Commentary on: Stayt LC, Merriman C, Bench S, et al. 'Doing the best we can': Registered Nurses' experiences and perceptions of patient safety in intensive care during COVID-19. J Adv Nurs. 2022 Oct;78(10):3371–3384. doi: 10.1111/jan.15419. Epub 2022 Aug 20.

Implications for practice and research

  • To support nurses’ resilience and enable safe care delivery, it is vital to facilitate effective teamwork and peer-support, and implement safe communication strategies.

  • When the demand of intensive care unit (ICU) exceeds available resources, organisations must adapt, which includes reviewing nursing activities, support continued learning and, when appropriate, reorganise care delivery.

  • Future research should focus on the consequences of fragmentation of nursing care for patients recovery, and the long-term psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic for the nursing workforce.

Context

A surge of ICU that far exceeded available resources emerged worldwide during the outbreak of …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.