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The cases described in this WebM&M reflect fragmented care with lapses in coordination and communication as well as failure to appropriately address medication discrepancies. These two cases involve duplicate therapy errors, which have the potential to cause serious adverse drug events.
Coffey SB. American Nurse Journal. Epub March 2, 2023.
These cases describe the rare but dangerous complication of hematoma following neck surgery. The first case involves a patient with a history of spinal stenosis who was admitted for elective cervical discectomy and cervical disc arthroplasty who went into cardiopulmonary arrest three days post-discharge and could not be intubated due to excessive airway swelling and could not be resuscitated. Autopsy revealed a large hematoma at the operative site, causing compression of the upper airway, which was the suspected cause of respiratory and cardiac arrest.
Boston, MA; Institute for Healthcare Improvement: December 2022.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert!: Acute Care Edition. December 1, 2022;27(24):1-3.
Healthcare Excellence Canada. 2022.
Meyer DB. Boca Raton, FL: Universal Publishers; 2022. ISBN: 9781627344067
Patient falls are a never event and a frequent focus of patient safety and quality improvement projects. This pediatric ICU implemented a colored alert system based on fall risk assessments for all admitted patients.