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Laber-Warren E. MedPage Today. April 5, 2022.

Resident autonomy is an essential component to medical training, but it is not without patient safety risks. This news article highlights situations where resident autonomy should be disclosed to patients (such as instances of overlapping surgeries) and the value of transparency about the role of surgical team members.

Kritz F. Shots. National Public Radio; May 24, 2021.

Health literacy efforts address challenges related to both language and effective communication tactics. This story discussed how lack of language and information clarity reduced patient education effectiveness during the pandemic and highlights several efforts to address them including information product translation services.

Parry C. The Pharmaceutical JournalApril 22 2021.

Weight-based prescribing in children harbors challenges to accurate medication dosing. This story discusses an examination of factors contributing to ten-fold medication errors in pediatric care. The author summarizes an ongoing investigation which has identified polypharmacy and information system weaknesses as being among the contributors to the problem.

Ofri D. New York Times. January 5, 2021. 

Physicians have unique perspectives when exposed to health care delivery problems as patients themselves or as caregivers. This news story shares the author’s frustrations with the system of care observed during an overnight visit at the bedside of her daughter awaiting an emergency appendectomy. Her experience underscored the value of patients and families engaging in the safety of actions clinicians take when providing care. 

Yong E. The Atlantic. November 13, 2020.

Stressful working conditions are known to increase the potential for medical mistakes. This article shares the perspectives of acute care staff about the emotional and physical toll they've experienced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute care edition. August 27, 2020;25(17).

The culture of blame is exacerbated by stress, production pressure, and a negative work environment. This article discusses how medication errors that take place during the care of patients with COVID-19 are not being reported by nurses due to lack of time and psychological safety. Recommendations to avoid this situation include heightening prevention efforts by employing tactics such as deployment of huddles and use of pre-mixed medication solutions.  

Hoffman J. New York Times. May 16, 2020.

Health care worker stress is a known contributor to disruptive behavior, error and clinician suicide.  This story discusses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on psychological strain in clinicians and highlights peer support and other techniques to mitigate its negative effects.

Gold J, Hawryluk M. Kaiser Health News. May 13, 2020.

A successful safety culture is consistently evident across all areas of a hospital not only in clinical care units. This article highlights inconsistencies in COVID-19 infection communications across organizations and the negative impact on staff working to keep themselves, patients and hospital visitors safe.

Jee C. MIT Technology Review. April 22, 2020.

Patient safety can be challenged even after patients are discharged and return home. This story discusses the potential for psychological trauma in patients who survive a COVID-19 ICU stay. Strategies discussed to address the problem include medication, cognitive therapies and personal wellness instruction. 

ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. August 1, 2019;24.

Having family members or patient advocates present during hospitalizations can help prevent errors. This newsletter article suggests that utilizing this risk prevention strategy in peripheral care areas such as radiology and other testing units could also prevent patient harm. Recommendations to ensure success of this approach include communicating with advocates, encouraging them to speak up, and activating a rapid response to patient deterioration.
Butcher L.
Inconsistent patient name entry practices in electronic health records can contribute to wrong-patient errors. This magazine article reports on the complex nature of addressing patient-matching discrepancies as an economic, privacy, and technical problem. Improvement strategies include the development and adoption of a national identification program and biometric technology. A WebM&M commentary discussed problems associated with name similarities in the electronic patient record.
Ross C. STAT. May 13, 2019.
Nuisance alarms, interruptions, and insufficient staff availability can hinder effective monitoring and response to acute patient deterioration. This news article reports on how hospital logistics centers are working toward utilizing artificial intelligence to improve clinician response to alarms by proactively identifying hospitalized patients at the highest risk for heart failure to trigger emergency response teams when their condition rapidly declines.