Avoiding Unnecessary Risk
In the NHS at present, assessing risk has become part of the process of supporting patients and maintaining safety in the hospital setting.
A risk assessment seeks to answer four simple, related questions:
- What can go wrong?
- How bad?
- How often?
- Is there a need for action?
It’s hard to determine quantitative or qualitative risk, but utilizing risk assessments can help you mitigate recognized threats. In a risk assessment, we look at:
- hazards – which are situations with the potential to cause harm; and
- risks – which are defined as the probability that a specific adverse event will occur in a specific time period or as a result of a specific situation.
Our security risk assessments include: a thorough assessment of the physical environment; a review of staff behaviors, policies, and procedures; area demographics; and crime mapping.
5 Steps to Easy Risk Assessment
Identify the hazards by asking yourself, “What can go wrong?”
Decide who might be harmed and how by asking, “What can go wrong? Who is exposed to the hazard?”
Evaluate the risks by asking, “How bad is it? How often does it occur?” Also decide on the precautions by asking, “Is there a need for further action?”
Record your findings, proposed action(s), and identify who will lead each action. Also record the date of implementation for the action(s).
Review your assessment and update, if necessary.
Source: NHS, “Healthcare Risk Assessment Made Easy”
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