Title A Study of the Planning Guidelines to Ensure the Safety of Geriatric Long-term Care Hospitals
Authors 전수경(Chun, Soo-Kyung)
DOI https://doi.org/10.5659/JAIK.2021.37.12.181
Page pp.181-192
ISSN 2733-6247
Keywords Patient safety; Geriatric long-term care hospitals; Hospital wards; Guidelines
Abstract Providing a safe patient environment is one of the basic rights of patients. The environmental conditions required for patient safety can vary depending on the severity and vulnerability of the patients. Given that the accidents related to patient safety, including all types of errors, mistakes, or accidents occurring a hospital, are directly related to the patient’s lives, providing an appropriate medical environment for patients is the most important factor when determining the quality of medical services. Recently, the number of geriatric long-term care hospitals has increased. However, it has been revealed that many safety-related accidents are occurring in the geriatric long-term care hospitals due to a lack of understanding of the physical characteristics of elderly patients. In this regard, this paper aims to provide guidelines to ensure a safe hospital environment for elderly patients in geriatric long-term care hospitals. In this study, we initially reviewed domestic and international standards, guidelines, and related previous studies and safety-related factors were summarized. Secondly, based on an analysis of the existing factors, expert interviews and case studies were conducted according to the factors and the current statuses of facilities were analyzed. Lastly, the guidelines for ensuring patient safety in geriatric long-term care hospitals were provided.