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Do's and Don'ts of Incident Reports​​​ 

Most facilities require that you file an incident report for patient injuries, medication errors, and injuries to employees or visitors. An incident report informs administration about a problem so they can monitor trends to help prevent future trouble. It also alerts them to potential liability claims. 

Here are some guidelines:

Do include the names of any persons involved and witnesses, facts about what happened, the consequences to the person involved, and additional relevant facts, such as your immediate actions.

Don't include opinions, conclusions, assumptions, thoughts on who caused the incident, or suggestions for preventing a similar incident in the future. ​


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