COVID-19 Impact

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Journal Article
Study

Patient safety concerns in COVID-19–related events: a study of 343 event reports from 71 hospitals in Pennsylvania.

Taylor M, Kepner S, Gardner LA, et al. Patient Safety. 2020;2(2):16-27.
To assess the impact of COVID-19 on patient harm and potential areas of improvement for healthcare facilities, the authors analyzed data reported to one state’s adverse event reporting system. The authors identified 343 adverse events between January 1 and April 15, 2020. The most common factors associated with patient safety concerns in COVID-19-related events involved laboratory testing, process/protocol (e.g., staff failed to use sign-in sheets to monitor interactions with COVID-19 positive patients), and isolation integrity.