Clinical Procedures for Safer Patient Care

November 24, 2015 | Updated: October 15, 2021
Author: Glynda Rees Doyle, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Jodie Anita McCutcheon, British Columbia Institute of Technology

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This open educational resource (OER) was developed to ensure best practice and quality care based on the latest evidence, and to address inconsistencies in how clinical health care skills are taught and practised in the clinical setting. The checklist approach, used in this textbook, aims to provide standardized processes for clinical skills and to help nursing schools and clinical practice partners keep procedural practice current. Each skill/procedure is covered in a chapter that has learning objectives, a brief overview of the relevant theory, checklists of steps for procedures with the rationale behind each step of the process, and a summary of key takeaways. Key terms are set in bold throughout the book and laid out again in a Glossary in the appendix. All 88 checklists are also summarized, and hyperlinked to the original checklist, in the appendix.

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Health and Medical, Health/Medical - General

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Tracy King

Institution:Grande Prairie Regional CollegeTitle/Position: Nursing InstructorCreative Commons License

Q: The text covers all areas and ideas of the subject appropriately and provides an effective index and/or glossary

The text provides an effective and comprehensive index, glossary, and a summary of the checklists used throughout the document.
Subject areas are covered comprehensively and are written in to facilitate ease of understanding, link to practical use, and the authors provide critical thinking exercises to help consolidate learning.

Comprehensiveness Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: Content is accurate, error-free and unbiased

Content is accurate and the authors have made disclaimer statements about the need for nurses and student nurses to apply their own hospital policies and procedures to each topic to ensure the information is not used inappropriately.
Content is cited from timely and appropriate sources.
No errors were found.

Content Accuracy Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: Content is up-to-date, but not in a way that will quickly make the text obsolete within a short period of time. The text is written and/or arranged in such a way that necessary updates will be relatively easy and straightforward to implement

Updates will be easy to implement. Nursing knowledge is always changing and evolving to ensure best practice, and in that way, this text is like any other nursing text in that it will need to be reviewed for updates on a schedule.
The latest information is being utilized.

Relevance Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is written in lucid, accessible prose, and provides adequate context for any jargon/technical terminology used

Very readable with the "jargon" described well to facilitate application of medical terminology to patient care.

Clarity Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework


Consistency Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is easily and readily divisible into smaller reading sections that can be assigned at different points within the course (i.e., enormous blocks of text without subheadings should be avoided). The text should not be overly self-referential, and should be easily reorganized and realigned with various subunits of a course without presenting much disruption to the reader.

The text is designed so that each section and each checklist can be used for that teaching topic. Very useable design.

Modularity Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The topics in the text are presented in a logical, clear fashion

Organization Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is free of significant interface issues, including navigation problems, distortion of images/charts, and any other display features that may distract or confuse the reader

Images are helpful to the respective topics.
Ensure all links are working, I had some challenges navigating all of the videos and links that were supposed to be a click away.

Interface Rating: 4 out of 5

Q: The text contains no grammatical errors

None found.

Grammar Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is not culturally insensitive or offensive in any way. It should make use of examples that are inclusive of a variety of races, ethnicities, and backgrounds

It did not present as culturally insensitive, however, there was a lack of information about skin assessment of different skin colors.

Cultural Relevance Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: Are there any other comments you would like to make about this book, for example, its appropriateness in a Canadian context or specific updates you think need to be made?

This OER would be excellent for student nurses to have as additional support to their learning and the checklist style is very student friendly, and backed by research! Well done.