Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization; 2016. ISBN: 9789241510349.
Overuse of diagnostic imaging poses patient safety hazards, particularly for children. This report reviews techniques clinicians can use to discuss risks associated with using radiologic procedures with parents of pediatric patients. The publication includes answers to common questions about various types of tests and tips for enhancing conversations with parents.
Murray P. Washington, DC; Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee; 2016.
Insufficient sterilization of duodenoscopes and other medical equipment has been linked to health care–associated infection outbreaks. This report summarizes findings from a government investigation into existing methods for monitoring and reporting device problems and provides recommendations for Congress, hospitals, and the Food and Drug Administration to augment identification and prevention of safety issues associated with medical devices.
Kirkup B. London, UK: The Stationery Office; 2015. ISBN: 9780108561306.
Sharing information about large-scale investigations into failures can provide insights on factors that contribute to adverse clinical incidents. This report discusses an analysis of care delivered in the maternity unit of a National Health Service Trust between 2004 and 2013 which uncovered problems that were perpetuated due to failure to look into the initial event.
St Paul, MN: Minnesota Department of Health; 2015.
This report provides background on the Minnesota Never Events reporting initiative, tips for patients on how to receive the safest care possible, and a table of events reported by all hospitals in the state.
Washington, DC: VA Office of Inspector General; April 20, 2012. Report No. 12-00956-159.
This publication presents findings from an investigation, prompted by reports of alarm fatigue, which identified gaps in training and competencies of nurses in 29 Veterans Health Administration facilities.
Odle TG, Rosier N. Albuquerque, NM: American Society of Radiologic Technologists Education and Research Foundation; 2012.
Summarizing the role of radiation therapists and challenges they face, this white paper details best practices in training, skills assessment, workplace culture, and workplace staffing to address safety concerns in radiation therapy.
Ryan K, Levit K, Davis PH. HCUP Statistical Brief #87. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; March 2010.
Using data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, this report analyzed characteristics of weekend hospital stays and found that patients experienced delays in receiving care compared with patients admitted during the week.
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