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Lin DM, Peden CJ, Langness SM, et al. Anesth Analg. 2020;131:e155-1159.
The anesthesia community has been a leader in patient safety innovation for over four decades. This conference summary highlights presented content related to the conference theme of “preventing, detecting, and mitigating clinical deterioration in the perioperative period.” The results of a human-centered design analysis exploring tactics to reduce failure to rescue were summarized.
van Pelt M, Weinger MB. Anesth Analg. 2017.
Distractions and interruptions are prevalent in health care delivery. This conference report reviews types of distractions in anesthesiology, their likelihood to introduce significant risks into care processes, and strategies to help manage distractions.
Henriksen K; Dymek C; Harrison MI; Brady JP; Arnold SB.
Diagnostic error gained recognition as a patient safety concern with the publication of the Improving Diagnosis in Health Care report. This commentary reviews insights shared at a conference convened to discuss issues associated with diagnosis, including the need for concrete definitions of diagnostic error, the role of technology in improvement, and organizational factors that contribute to the problem.
Jha AK, DesRoches CM, Campbell EG, et al. N Engl J Med. 2009;360:1628-38.
Increasing the use of electronic health records (EHRs) is a major policy priority, as implementation has been slow both in the United States and in other countries. This survey of nearly 3000 US hospitals found that less than 2% had a fully functional EHR (defined as incorporating clinical documentation, laboratory and imaging results, computerized provider order entry, and clinician decision support). Survey respondents cited cost and maintenance considerations as major barriers to adopting EHRs, concerns that have been cited in prior research. Given that most outpatient practices also do not use electronic records, the authors recommend several policy initiatives to spur EHR implementation.
Denham CR, Bagian JP, Daley J, et al. J Patient Saf. 2005;1:154-169.
The authors discuss six barriers to implementing patient safety efforts in hospitals. The article is a companion piece to the plenary session from the 2005 National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) Congress.