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.
Ahmed FR, Timmins F, Dias JM, et al. Nurs Crit Care. 2023;Epub Apr 1.
Staffing shortages are temporarily alleviated with floating or redeployed staff. This qualitative study of intensive care unit (ICU) critical care nurses and floating non-critical care nurses sought to identify the pros and cons of floating nurses, and strategies to improve patient safety. Floating nurses reported concerns surrounding unfamiliarity with the types of patients or locations of equipment. Critical care nurses reported cognitive overload with doing their routine duties plus orienting floating nurses. One recommendation to improve safety is competency-based nursing curriculum and provide floating nurses occasional training/experience in the ICU.
Chui MA, Pohjanoksa-Mäntylä M, Snyder ME, eds. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2019;15(7):811-906.
Medication safety is a worldwide challenge. This special issue discusses factors affecting the reliability of the ordering, dispensing, and administration of medications across a range of environments. Articles cover topics such as the need to deepen understanding of safety in community pharmacies, the use of smart pumps for high-alert medications, and the international effort to reduce medication-related harm.
L'Hommedieu T, DeCoske M, Lababidi RE, et al. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2015;72:1266-8.
Miscommunication during transitions of care can contribute to medication errors. This commentary describes an initiative to involve pharmacy students in care transitions services. Although the authors found that scheduling and training the students for the program was a challenge, 30-day readmission rates were lower for patients who received transitions of care services with pharmacy students versus those who did not.