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1. What are 2 patient population groups at risk for medical errors? What patient safety risk factors do they have?
Although the safety of all patients is the focus for all care providers, some patient's population are particularly vulnerable to the effects of medical errors. Two of these vulnerable populations are the very young and the very old. Their main safety risk factor is their inability to participate actively as a member of the health care team, which the medical errors are often related to communication issues.
1) Older Patients
For the older patient, things that hamper full participation are related to the normal aging process, such as some degree of impairment in vision and hearing or suffering from varying degrees of cognitive impairment. These two risk factors, alone or in combination, can result in problems in communication between patients and care providers. Other risk factors that put older patients at ...
This posting clearly identifies 2 patient population groups at risk for medical errors. References are also provided to justify the assertions.