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Clark C. MedPage Today. June 2, 2022

Transparency and discussion of errors is a hallmark of the culture needed to improve safety. This article summarizes an Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation statement directing organizations and individuals that provide anesthesia care to protect patients and encourage learning from error. It provides context through a discussion of official reports and investigations of a high-profile incident that culminated in criminal charges for the clinician involved.

Bookwalter CM. US Pharmacist. 2021;46(2):25-28. 

 

COVID-19 has increased uncertainties in sectors across health care. This article discusses a variety of supply-chain factors that impact medication availability. The author suggests roles for pharmacists in antibiotic stewardship and policy implementation to manage shortages safely.

ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. May 22, 2020;25(10).

Smart infusion pumps are widely used in hospitals to reduce medication errors but have the potential to create problems if not correctly used. This article discusses heparin administration programming errors and recommends independent double-checks, electronic health record and smart pump interoperability and weight-based dosing as tactics to minimize mistakes.   
Guirguis A. The Pharmaceutical Journal. 2020;304.
Users of illicit substances are vulnerable to a variety of health concerns. This article discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic places illicit drug users at increased risk for COVID-19 due to their predisposition to infection and social contact; how disruptions to illicit drug supply chains increase risk for overdose due to drug substitution and; the impact of missing out on drug treatment services. The piece highlights the role of pharmacists in keeping this marginalized patient population safe.
Wiley F. Drug Topics. August 2019;1633:16-18.
High-alert medications have the potential to cause serious patient harm if not administered correctly. Reporting on challenges to medication safety in the context of home, hospital, and cancer care, this news article recommends patient and health care professional education and support for collaboration with pharmacists as avenues for improvement.

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.

Gabler E. New York Times. May 31, 2019.

Pediatric cardiac surgery is highly technical and risky. This newspaper article reports on a poorly performing pediatric cardiac surgery program, concerns raised by staff, and insufficient response from organizational leadership. Lack of data transparency, insufficient resources, and limited program capabilities to support a complex program contributed to poor outcomes for pediatric patients.
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.
Wild D. Pharmacy Practice News. November 8, 2018.
Medication safety officers serve as organizational champions of medication management process improvement. This news article offers two examples of health care organizations that positioned medication safety officers as leaders in their systems. The piece describes improvements stemming from employment of medication safety officers at these organizations.
Laposata M.
Diagnostic improvement is gaining recognition as an important goal in health care. This magazine article reports on one pathologist's efforts to develop and implement an interpretation program that enables a team-based approach to diagnosis.
Gawande A.
This magazine article explores the role of coaches in helping high-performing professionals, such as musicians and athletes, improve their performance. By submitting to observation in the operating room, the author—a surgeon—examines how coaching might enhance physicians' skills.

Kowalczyk L. Boston Globe. February 13–14, 2011.

Revealing cases in which the constant din of hospital alarms led to fatal errors, this two-part newspaper article reports on the dangers of "alarm fatigue" and describes potential technological and human factors solutions.