Tejos R, Navia A, Cuadra A, et al. Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2020;44:1926-1928.
Using a case of mislabeled lab specimens as an example, this article highlights the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the delivery of healthcare services and the role of human factors in identifying and preventing medical errors.
Camporesi A, Díaz‐Rubio F, Carroll CL, et al. J Paediatr Child Health. 2020;56:1010-1012.
This commentary discusses changes in critical care practice as a response to COVID-19, and the potential for iatrogenic harm to children when diverting from evidence-based medicine during the pandemic crisis.
Tartari E, Saris K, Kenters N, et al. PLoS One. 2020;15.
Presenteeism among healthcare workers can lead to burnout and healthcare-associated infections, but prior research has found that significant numbers of healthcare workers continue to work despite having influenza-like illness. This study surveyed 249 healthcare workers and 284 non-healthcare workers from 49 countries about their behaviors when experiencing influenza-like illness between October 2018 and January 2019. Overall, 59% of workers would continue to work when experiencing influenza-like illness, and the majority of healthcare workers (89.2-99.2%) and non-healthcare workers (80-96.5%) would continue to work with mild symptoms, such as a mild cough, fatigue or sinus cold. Fewer non-healthcare workers (16.2%) than healthcare workers (26.9%) would continue working with fever alone.
Castro-Avila A, Bloor K, Thompson C. J Health Serv Res Policy. 2019;24:182-190.
In the United States, unannounced accreditation inspections are deployed extensively to evaluate hospital safety. This interrupted time-series analysis found that enhanced accreditation procedures in the United Kingdom did not improve rates of either pressure ulcers or falls. In a PSNet interview, the president of The Joint Commission discussed how accrediting bodies can help achieve high reliability.
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