This article reviews the connection between task type (skill based, rule based and knowledge based) and human error. Using real-life examples, each task type and error type is described in detail. Understanding how task type contributes to medical error enhances the ability of nurses to make meaningful changes in health care systems. Through error wisdom, nurses and other health care providers can more successfully navigate health care delivery and ultimately provide safer care to patients.
Features| February 01 2012
Strategies for Improving Patient Safety: Linking Task Type to Error Type
Elizabeth Andersson Mattox, RN, MSN, MS, ACNPC
Elizabeth Andersson Mattox is the patient safety manager at the Veteran’s Health Administration Puget Sound Health Care System in the Seattle-Tacoma area, Washington.
Corresponding author: Elizabeth Andersson Mattox, rn, msn, acnpc-csc, 344 NW 103rd Street, Seattle, WA 98177 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Crit Care Nurse (2012) 32 (1): 52-78.
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Elizabeth Andersson Mattox; Strategies for Improving Patient Safety: Linking Task Type to Error Type. Crit Care Nurse 1 February 2012; 32 (1): 52–78. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/ccn2012303
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