Smart infusions pumps with built-in dose error reduction software (DERS) are designed to protect against dosing errors that result in patient harm. This alert summarizes recommendations to enhance the effective implementation and use of smart infusion pumps such as drug library maintenance and pump error report monitoring.
Opioid misuse is an urgent patient safety issue, including postsurgical opioid misuse among pediatric patients. Based on the systematic review, a multidisciplinary group of health care and opioid stewardship experts proposes evidence-based opioid prescribing guidelines for children who need surgery. Endorsed guideline statements highlight three primary themes for perioperative pain management in children: (1) health care professionals must recognize the risks of pediatric opioid misuse, (2) use non-opioid pain relief, and (3) pre- and post-operative education for patients and families regarding pain management and safe opioid use.
Lefebvre G, Calder LA, De Gorter R, et al. J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2019;41:653-659.
Obstetrics is a high-risk practice that concurrently manages the safety of mothers and newborns. This commentary describes the importance of standardization, checklist use, auditing and feedback, peer coaching, and interdisciplinary communication as strategies to reduce risks. The discussion spotlights the need for national guidelines and definitions to reduce variation in auditing and training activities and calls for heightened engagement of health care professionals to improve the safety and quality of obstetric care in Canada. An Annual Perspective reviewed work on improving maternal safety.
Administration of parental nutrition is a specialized process that requires distinct competencies to be safe. This guideline recommends standardized competencies for clinicians to develop and maintain to ensure safe and reliable administration of parenteral nutrition therapy in various care environments and team configurations.
Lehmann LS, Sulmasy LS, Desai S, et al. Ann Intern Med. 2018;168:506-508.
In medical training, learners glean messages from the offhand comments, behaviors, and attitudes of their superiors, a phenomenon known as the hidden curriculum. Experts have described how the hidden curriculum often runs counter to a culture of safety and standards of equitable treatment. In this position statement, the American College of Physicians recommends that educators recognize and optimize the hidden curriculum in physician training through promoting an expectation of professionalism as a core value, empowering learners to raise concerns about safety, and modeling empathy, reflection, and discussion of positive and negative experiences in the training environment.
The practice of live surgical procedures for educational purposes presents safety concerns for patients. This policy statement details organizational requirements and provides a checklist to help ensure that these events are conducted safely.
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