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Whatley C, Schlogl J, Whalen BL, et al. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2022;48:521-528.
Newborn falls or drops are receiving increasing attention as a patient safety issue. This article discusses a quality improvement initiative launched at one hospital aimed to decrease newborn falls through new parent education materials, a nursing risk assessment tool, and standardized reporting system. Three years after implementation, the hospital achieved one year without any newborn falls and there were no fall-related injuries over the three-year period.

This case describes a 20-year-old woman was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism and occlusive thrombus in the right brachial vein surrounding a  peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) line (type, gauge, and length of time the PICC had been in place were not noted). The patient was discharged home but was not given any supplies for cleaning the PICC line, education regarding the signs of PICC line infection, or referral to home health services.

Lin JS, Olutoye OO, Samora JB. J Pediatr Surg. 2022;Epub Jul 6.
Clinicians involved in adverse events may experience feelings of guilt, shame, and inadequacy; this is referred to as “second victim” phenomenon. In this study of pediatric surgeons and surgical trainees, 84% experienced a poor patient outcome. Responses to the adverse event varied by level of experience (e.g., resident, attending), gender, and age.
Quesenberry M. Patient Safety. 2022;4:6-9.
Medical devices intended to improve patient safety can unintentionally lead to patient harm. This patient safety alert draws attention to the risk of injury when hospital wheelchairs are used by staff, patients, or visitors who may not have training in safe use. Understanding the proper use of the wheelchair, particularly folding wheelchairs, is crucial to ensuring safety.
AHA Training. November 9-10, 2022. Hilton Garden Inn, Houston, TX.
This education program will present group-focused opportunities for participants to learn how to apply Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research TeamSTEPPS 2.0 curriculum methods to develop staff training and improve team communication in their organizations.

AHA Team Training. October 6 – November 17, 2022.

Despite the recognition that teamwork is essential to safe care, its implementation into established processes can be a challenge. Building on the established TeamSTEPPS® principles, this virtual workshop series focuses on leadership, change management and process integration to enrich organizational efforts to embed effective teamwork into care.

Hospital Quality Institute. Long Beach, CA (October 3-4, 2022) and Napa, CA (November 6-7).

Zero harm is a stated goal across health care. This in-person conference will be held in two locations to bring improvement experience from the front line to regional audiences. Each event will feature a track examining health equity and implicit bias as factors in safe care provision.

Farnborough, UK: Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch; July 7, 2022.

Misuse of insulin pens contributes to never events associated with diabetic medication therapy in hospitalized patients. This investigation of an injurious insulin extraction workaround culminated in recommendations to improve insulin administration safety including the explicit use of pen devices to administer U-500 insulin.
Müller BS, Lüttel D, Schütze D, et al. J Patient Saf. 2022;18:444-448.
Effective patient safety improvement efforts address safety threats at the individual, interpersonal, and organizational levels. This study characterizes safety measures described in incident reports from German outpatient care settings. Of the 243 preventative measures identified across 160 reports, 83% of preventative measures were classified by the research team as “weak,” meaning that they focus on influencing human behavior rather than on treating underlying problems (e.g., alerts, trainings, double checks).

Washington DC; National Quality Forum and Anticoagulation Forum; 2022.

Warfarin and other anticoagulants are high-alert medications that, if errors occur in their use, can result in considerable harm. This document advocates that a stewardship approach be applied to anticoagulant therapy to reduce the risk of adverse events and discusses steps to implement and sustain a program to guide the safe, effective use of anticoagulants.
Taylor DJ, Goodwin D. J Med Ethics. 2022;Epub Jul 8.
Normalization of deviance describes a situation where individuals, teams or organizations accept a lower standard of performance until that lower standard becomes the “norm” and can threaten patient safety. This article describes five serious medical errors in obstetrics and highlights how normalization of deviance contributed to each event.
Koch A, Kozhumam A. Health Promot Pract. 2022;23:555-559.
Racial biases have been uncovered in pediatric emergency care; for example, Black children are less likely to receive pain medication for appendicitis. This article describes the use of the Racism as Root Cause (RRC) framework to identify and reduce adultification (when children are perceived or treated as being older than they are) of Black children in emergency departments. RRC calls for systemic, rather than individual, efforts.

A 49-year-old woman was referred by per primary care physician (PCP) to a gastroenterologist for recurrent bouts of abdominal pain, occasional vomiting, and diarrhea. Colonoscopy, esophagogastroduodenoscopy, and x-rays were interpreted as normal, and the patient was reassured that her symptoms should abate. The patient was seen by her PCP and visited the Emergency Department (ED) several times over the next six months. At each ED visit, the patient’s labs were normal and no imaging was performed.

AMA J Ethics. 2022;24(8):e715-e816.

Health inequity is recent expansion in the patient safety canon. This special issue examines poor access, quality of care, and health status as contributors to patient harm. Articles discuss race, gender, and ethnicity as factors generating unsafe experiences for patients.
van Dalen ASHM, Jung JJ, Nieveen van Dijkum EJM, et al. J Patient Saf. 2022;18:617-623.
Leveraging lessons learned in aviation, patient safety researchers have begun exploring the use of medical data recorders (i.e., “black boxes”) to identify errors and threats to patient safety. This cross-sectional study found that a medical data recorder identified an average of 53 safety threats or resilience support events among 35 standard laparoscopic procedures. These events primarily involved communication failures, poor teamwork, and situational awareness failures.
Rehder KJ, Adair KC, Eckert E, et al. J Patient Saf. 2022;Epub Aug 10.
Teamwork is an essential component of patient safety.  This cross-sectional study of 50,000 healthcare workers in four large US health systems found that the teamwork climate worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. Survey findings indicate that healthcare facilities with worsening teamwork climate had corresponding decreases in other measured domains, including safety climate and healthcare worker well-being. The researchers suggest that healthcare organizations should proactively increase team-based training to reduce patient harm.
Violato E. Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract. 2022;Epub Jun 6.
Speaking up behaviors are a key indicator of psychological safety and a culture of safety. This article synthesizes the evidence on various aspects of speaking up behavior, including effective interventions to encourage speaking up, factors that positively influence speaking up, and the role of simulation training to develop speaking up skills.  

Integrated Health Services. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization; 2022. ISBN: 9789240055094.

The COVID-19 pandemic created new risks and acerbated existing risks across all areas of health care practice that challenge patient safety. This review examines how COVID impacted diagnostic, treatment, and care procedures in a systemic context.

Garcia AD, Lopez X. AMA J Ethics. 2022;24(8):e753-e761. 

Implicit bias, discrimination, and stigmatization impact patient care. This article discusses unique care experience considerations for transgender people of color. It recommends actions individual clinicians can take to reduce inequalities, improve communications, and enhance patient-centeredness.
Olans RD, Olans RN, Marfatia R, et al. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2022;48:552-558.
Inadequate or incorrect documentation of patient allergies can lead to patient harm. This commentary discusses factors contributing to penicillin allergy documentation errors within electronic heath record systems (EHRs) and how EHR alerts can be used to improve safety around penicillin allergies.