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Watchful attention; custody; diligence; concern; caution; as opposed to Negligence or carelessness.

In the law of negligence, the standard of reasonable conduct determines the amount of care to be exercised in a situation. The care taken must be proportional to the apparent risk. As danger increases, commensurate caution must be observed.

Slight care is the care persons of ordinary prudence generally exercise in regard to their personal affairs of minimal importance.

Reasonable care, also known as ordinary care, is the degree of care, diligence, or precaution that may fairly, ordinarily, and properly be expected or required in consideration of the nature of the action, the subject matter, and the surrounding circumstances.

Great care is the degree of care that persons of ordinary prudence usually exercise with respect to their personal affairs of great importance.

Another type of care is that which a fiduciary—a person having a duty, created by his or her undertaking, to act primarily for another's benefit—exercises in regard to valuable possessions entrusted to him or her by another.

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n. in law, to be attentive, prudent and vigilant. Essentially, care (and careful) means that a person does everything he/she is supposed to do (to prevent an accident). It is the opposite of negligence (and negligent), which makes the responsible person liable for damages to persons injured. If a person "exercises care," a court cannot find him/her responsible for damages from an accident in which he/she is involved. (See: careless)

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In this thematically similar research, the analysis concerned mostly working time of: direct and indirect care, as well as mutual relations between them.
An extreme view consists in considering that indirect care can be conducted through surveillance cameras that help to exert control of situations of patients and families: Perhaps an individualized camera per patient, in each cubicle to watch what the patient is doing, how the patient is because sometimes you could be busy at the nurse's station, making the nursing report, preparing a medication or you can be observing what the patient is doing at that very moment; if suddenly the fluids need to be changed, that the condition worsened, that there is respiratory difficulty, that the monitor was providing information that I must be agile; it could be of help, but this does not mean that we have to stay away from the patient: ...
Nurses spent approximately 8% of their time in indirect care outside the labor and delivery room, similar to the 5% expected by patients.
The number and types of indirect care activity groups appeared to be sufficient to capture the nursing work activities since there were only four entries logged as "other" activities.
Communication and Information (Figure 1) in the Indirect Care category includes activities such as interaction with other departments related to coordination of patient care and patient advocacy, providing information and direction to support or ancillary staff with aspects of patient care, bed management and referencing written resource materials (eg.
But a cost-based system would consider actual expenses in three distinct categories: direct patient care; indirect care and administration; and fixed costs such as rent and taxes.
These indirect care percentages, again drawn from the 1989 AMA-SMS survey, range from a low of 7.0 percent for urologists (i.e., for every 100 hours devoted to direct patient care, an additional 7 hours are devoted to indirect care) to a high of 22.3 percent for pathologists.
In today's acute care environment, nursing has become a collaborative and multifaceted process that requires the nurse to engage in other patient and team activities not reflected as direct or indirect care (for example, patient/ family education, physician rounding, shift report, transporting patients, and communicating with ancillary team members) (Capuano et al., 2004).
The industry would like to see direct care costs reassessed annually, while indirect care costs would be recalculated every three years.
* In addition to guiding the assignments for direct patient care responsibilities, the system also helps to allocate resources for indirect care activities such as staff development, project time, coordination of care, and others.
A brief survey was provided at the completion of the pilot to collect data regarding ease of use of the tool, time involved, and an ability to capture direct and indirect care activities.