A nurse gives the wrong patient a dose of fentanyl. After assessing the patient, the nurse fills out an incident report. What is the purpose of an incident report?

To help risk management investigate existing policies and procedures
To prevent future occurrences of similar events
To promote quality improvement

Explanation

•Incident reports are used to evaluate the quality of care, problems with policies or procedures, and to prevent further occurrences.

•Incident reports are for the facility's use only and are not sent to the board of nursing.

•Some hospitals track the number of incident reports in order to provide proper staff education.

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