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Cierniak KH; Gaunt MJ; Grissinger M.
The operating room environment harbors particular patient safety hazards. Drawing from 1137 perioperative medication error reports submitted over a 1-year period, this analysis found that more than half of the recorded incidents reached the patient and the majority of those stemmed from communication breakdowns during transitions or handoffs. The authors provide recommendations to reduce risks of error, including using barcode medication administration, standardizing handoff procedures, and stocking prefilled syringes.
Simmons-Ritchie D. Penn Live. November 15, 2018.
Nursing home patients are vulnerable to preventable harm due to poor safety culture, insufficient staffing levels, lack of regulation enforcement, and misaligned financial incentives. This news investigation reports on how poor practices resulted in resident harm in Pennsylvania nursing homes and discusses strategies for improvement, such as enhancing investigation processes.
DeMarco P. Globe Magazine. November 3, 2018.
This magazine article reports on the preventable death of a patient during an acute asthma attack. Written by the patient's husband, the article outlines the failures that led to her death despite the fact that she was at the door of a hospital emergency department and on the phone with an emergency dispatcher. Factors discussed include overreliance on poorly functioning technology, communication failures, and lack of fail-safes.

ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. May 18, 2017;22:1-4.

Verbal orders are known to increase risk of error in care. This newsletter article summarizes survey results that sought to characterize current verbal order behaviors. Notably, practices to improve the reliability of verbal orders such as read backs were not optimally integrated in medication processes. The article includes recommendations for organizations, individuals, and teams to improve the safety of verbal orders.
Khullar D.
Preventing readmissions after hospital discharge is a national policy priority. This newspaper article discusses how poor communication between hospital-based and outpatient physicians, lack of involvement of the frontline care team in the discharge process, and production pressures can diminish the safety of discharge. The piece also describes strategies to enhance transitions and reduce readmission rates.

Gabler E. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. May 15, 2015.

Reporting on weaknesses in laboratory testing methods, this news article discusses patients' experiences with testing errors to illustrate how such failures can contribute to patient harm—such as missed or delayed diagnosis—and raises concerns about insufficient transparency, investigations, and regulations around laboratory facilities with poor processes.
Gubar S.
This newspaper article describes how surgical complications, health care–associated infections, and ineffective patient–provider communication contributed to a patient's experience with harm and suggests that transparency around the incident and preoperative patient briefings could have improved the situation.
Flatten M. Washington Examiner. August 18–22, 2014.
This series offers five magazine articles exploring how diagnostic error, delayed treatment, and insufficient attention to patient concerns and medical history within the Veterans Affairs health system contributed to preventable harm and death.
Njoroge S; Nichols JH.
Highlighting how the disconnect between clinicians conducting point-of-care testing as a patient care action and laboratory staff performing the analysis of the test can affect detection of errors, this news article suggests quality control strategies to address risks related to monitoring, testing, and device use.

Landro L. Wall Street Journal. June 9, 2014.

As they become more prevalent, electronic medical records (EMRs) are being used to improve safety in increasingly creative ways. This newspaper article reports on efforts to engage patients in reviewing their medication lists by providing them with access to EMR systems in order to detect and correct discrepancies in data.