It is incumbent for health care professionals to identify and reduce risk of harm. Left unchecked, minor risk may progress to increased care needs and subsequent morbidity. Recognizing nursing's front-line impact, a nursing clinical peer review committee was developed in an acute care hospital to analyze retrospectively select patient cases for opportunities to reduce risk in future similar situations. Risk-adjusted mortality and code blue calls decreased.
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Performance Improvement, Nebraska Methodist Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska.
Correspondence: Jackie Thielen, MSN, RN, APRN-NP, Performance Improvement, Nebraska Methodist Hospital, 8303 Dodge St, Omaha, NE 68114 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Accepted for publication: August 12, 2013
Published ahead of print: October 10, 2013