Rhodes A, Evans LE, Alhazzani W, et al. Crit Care Med. 2017;45:486-552.
This guideline reviews recommendations and best-practice statements from an international consensus committee on sepsis treatment and management to guide safe care for patients with sepsis or septic shock.
Most research has focused on developing and implementing checklists in surgical settings. This guideline recommends a set of pre-procedure checklist items and offers rationales for each to help hospitals develop a checklist for use in interventional radiology.
Michael YL, Whitlock EP, Lin JS, et al. Ann Intern Med. 2010;153:815-25.
Falls are a major source of preventable morbidity and mortality for elderly patients in both the ambulatory care and hospital setting. However, efforts to prevent falls have been limited by a lack of high quality evidence supporting specific prevention strategies. This AHRQ-funded systematic review identified several focused interventions, including physical therapy, exercise, and vitamin D supplementation, that appeared to reduce the risk of falls in outpatients. The evidence base in this area has also been strengthened by recent studies showing that patient education and individualized interventions can prevent falls in hospitalized patients.
Michaels AD, Spinler SA, Leeper B, et al. Circulation. 2010;121.
Patients hospitalized with acute coronary syndromes or strokes are particularly vulnerable to medication errors, as many of these patients are elderly, have complex medication regimens, or are administered high-risk medications such as anticoagulants. This position paper from the American Heart Association reviews the specific types of medication errors in these patients, including dosing errors, administration of contraindicated medications, and errors of omission (failure to prescribe recommended therapies). The authors make specific, evidence-based recommendations for preventing medication errors in this patient population, including integrating pharmacists into inpatient teams and using computerized provider order entry and medication reconciliation to detect and prevent errors. A medication error in an acute coronary syndrome patient is illustrated in this AHRQ WebM&M commentary.
Kanal E; Borgstede JP; Barkovich AJ; Bell C; Bradley WG; Etheridge S; Felmlee JP; Froelich JW; Hayden J; Kaminski EM; Lester JW Jr; Scoumis EA; Zaremba LA; Zinninger MD; American College of Radiology; ACR.
This white paper combines two reports from the ACR Blue Ribbon Panel on MR Safety. Experts developed safe practice guidelines to be used by practitioners in developing magnetic resonance safety programs.
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