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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.

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Millenson M. Forbes. September 16, 2022.

Unnecessary medication infusions indicate weaknesses in medication service processes. While no harm was noted in the case discussed, the actions by the patient’s family to initiate an examination of the incident were rebuffed, patient disrespect was demonstrated, a near miss incident report was absent, and data omissions took place. The piece discusses how these detractors from safety were all present at the hospital involved.

Clark C. MedPage Today. May 20, 2022.

Public reporting of safety measures is considered a hallmark of health care transparency. This article discusses a proposed change to reporting requirements in the Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program (HACRP). The change would limit the sharing of patient safety indicator data that informs Care Compare and hospital Medicare reimbursements.

Kelman B. Kaiser Health News. April 29, 2022.

Technological solutions harbor unique risks that can result in patient harm. This article shares a response to reports of automated dispensing cabinet (ADC) menu selection limitations that contribute to mistakes. The piece suggests the implementation of a 5-letter search requirement prior to removing a medication from an ADC. It provides an update on industry response to this forcing function recommendation.

Fiore K. MedPage Today. March 28, 2022.

Experts are concerned that convictions for medical error have the potential to limit dialogue on the front line about medical mistakes. This article summarizes discussions regarding the verdict to convict a nurse due to a workaround that resulted in a medication error and patient death.

Levy R, Vestal AJ. Politico. February 19, 2022.

Transmission of COVID-19 in the health care setting continues to be a concern. This article discusses an analysis of US government statistics tracking hospital-acquired COVID-19 infections and reasons that control efforts may be lagging, which include visitor masking choices and health care worker return to work post-COVID-19 behaviors.

Renault M. STAT. July 28, 2021.

Care and safety concerns for patients, families, and clinicians continue to be challenged by COVID-19. This article discusses the unintended consequences of isolation practices during the pandemic as a contributor to patient harm due to resultant family support barriers and loneliness they caused.

Heath S. Patient Engagement HIT. October 29, 2020.

Twitter is evolving as a useful data source for patient safety. This news story discusses an examination of public use of a patient-complaint hashtag that recorded patient experiences of misdiagnosis, disrespect and miscommunication that contributed to poor relations with physicians, medical errors, and harm.

O'Donnell J. USA Today. September 8, 2020

Management and clinical functions to ensure patient safety have been disrupted during the COVID-19 pandemic. This article discusses how tracking and submitting of reports of questionable medical care have been reduced due to redirection of efforts of all to managing pandemic related activities.   
Abelson J, Tran AB, Kornfield M, et al. The Seattle Times. 2020;July 13.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted health care delivery in a variety of settings. This magazine story shares the results of interviews with university students across the country to identify weaknesses found in college health center processes that have resulted in care delays and misdiagnosis.
Jewett C, Lupkin S. National Public Radio. 2020.
Disruptions in medication compounding activities can impact safety. This news story discussed the shortage of protective masks for pharmacists and the potential unintended consequences that could result in medication-related harms. Targeted concerns include reducing sterile space for medication compounding and moving preparation to the patient bedside, which could expose the process to distractions.

Linnane R, Diedrich J. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. February 25, 2020.

Delays in emergency room (ER) triage and assessment contribute to wide range of failures that degrade patient safety. This news story highlights the findings of a government report highlighting overcrowding and production pressures as factors resulting in the death of a patient waiting for care who initially presented at the ER with symptoms of heart attack.

Clark C. MedPage Today. February 10, 2020. 

It is an institutional responsibility to monitor physicians exhibiting performance issues that put patients into unsafe situations. This news story highlights one hospital system’s lack of action and policy adherence that failed to appropriately manage a physician with known substance abuse issues. 
Feeley D, Torres T. Healthcare Executive. 2020;35:58-61.
A variety of biases can reduce the effectiveness and safety of care. This commentary focuses on racial bias and highlights its deleterious impact on maternity care and maternal safety. The authors suggest tactics to improve listening, implicit bias acknowledgement and data standardization as strategies to counteract the trend.
Arditi L. Peoples Public Radio. December 3, 2019.
Emergency medical services are often provided under chaotic circumstances that may contribute to failure. This story highlights a series of esophageal intubation errors and efforts to minimize this “never event” across the state of Rhode Island. Improvement strategies discussed include practice restrictions for EMT personnel and use of less invasive, less risky processes to provide oxygen as an alternative to intubation, which may reduce esophageal intubation errors

Garcia-Navarro L. Weekend Edition Sunday. National Public Radio. December 1, 2019.

Financial harms occur in health care due to a variety of factors such as overdiagnosis and ineffective billing practices. This radio interview highlights physician concerns over a hospital policy to sue patients and families for unpaid bills. Physicians at the organization have stated the practice works against their commitment to keeping patients from harm.
Gilbert D, Gutman D. Before mea culpa, Children’s was confident its air systems weren’t source of infection. Seattle Times. Nov. 26, 2019.
Problems in the physical environment can contribute to patient harm. This news story discusses systemic failures associated with patient deaths acerbated by a common mold in a hospital heating and cooling system. The actions the organization took to manage the situation are shared; however, the mold wasn't eradicated.