The AHRQ PSNet Collection comprises an extensive selection of resources relevant to the patient safety community. These resources come in a variety of formats, including literature, research, tools, and Web sites. Resources are identified using the National Library of Medicine’s Medline database, various news and content aggregators, and the expertise of the AHRQ PSNet editorial and technical teams.
Vaccine errors can hinder immunization efforts in the United States. In this article, the authors summarize errors involving 2-component vaccines, discuss safe practices for storing, preparing, dispensing, and administering 2-component vaccines, and highlight risk reduction strategies.
Moore TJ, Furberg CD, Mattison DR, et al. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2016;25:713-8.
According to this study, many adverse drug event reports submitted by drug manufacturers to the Food and Drug Administration were incomplete. The authors advocate for the FDA to update their reporting requirements and compliance policies.
This monthly column highlights an initiative to introduce safer device connectors to prevent spinal and epidural medications from being delivered intravenously, discusses the value of independent double-checks, and shares thoughts on the 35th anniversary of this column.
Smetzer JL, Cohen MR. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2016;31:594-599.
This survey, conducted by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, captured more than 2000 health care providers' views to assess the prevalence of intimidation in patient care settings. Results suggested widespread experiences with a variety of intimidating behaviors such as condescending language, impatience with answering questions, or refusal to answer questions or a telephone call. Findings were not limited to physicians; pharmacists seemed more affected than nurses, and nearly half of respondents felt the behaviors countered necessary patient safety efforts. The authors conclude with recommendations to promote cultural change.