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Toronto, ON: Health Quality Ontario and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute; September 2015. ISBN: 9781460666180.
The never events list was developed to reduce harmful clinical incidents. This report reviews the results of a consensus effort to determine a list of never events for hospital care in Canada, including patient suicide, wrong-site surgery, and use of improperly sterilized instruments.
Adverse Health Events in Minnesota: 14th Annual Public Report.
St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Department of Health; February 2018.
Defending a "never event."
Shepperd JR. J Healthc Risk Manag. 2017;37:17-22.
Patient safety in dentistry: development of a candidate 'never event' list for primary care.
Black I, Bowie P. Br Dent J. 2017;222:782-788.
Indiana Medical Error Reporting System: Final Report for 2015.
Whitson T, Garten B. Indianapolis, IN: Indiana State Department of Health; 2017.
The hidden costs of reconciling surgical sponge counts.
Steelman VM, Schaapveld AG, Perkhounkova Y, Storm HE, Mathias M. AORN J. 2015;102:498-506.
Getting rid of "never events" in hospitals.
Morgenthaler T, Harper CM. Harv Bus Rev. October 20, 2015.
Use of temporary names for newborns and associated risks.
Adelman J, Aschner J, Schechter C, et al. Pediatrics. 2015;136:327-333.
Surgical never events and contributing human factors.
Thiels CA, Lal TM, Nienow JM, et al. Surgery. 2015;58:515-521.
"Never events" and the quest to reduce preventable harm.
Austin JM, Pronovost PJ. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2015;41:279-288.
Incidence of "never events" among weekend admissions versus weekday admissions to US hospitals: national analysis.
Attenello FJ, Wen T, Cen SY, et al. BMJ. 2015;350:h1460.
The July effect: an analysis of never events in the nationwide inpatient sample.
Wen T, Attenello FJ, Wu B, Ng A, Cen SY, Mack WJ. J Hosp Med. 2015;10:432-438.
Interventions for reducing wrong-site surgery and invasive procedures.
Algie CM, Mahar RK, Wasiak J, Batty L, Gruen RL, Mahar PD. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2015;3:CD009404.
Maryland Hospital Patient Safety Program Annual Report: Fiscal Year 2016.
Office of Health Care Quality. Baltimore, MD: Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; 2016.
Surgical never events in the United States.
Mehtsun WT, Ibrahim AM, Diener-West M, Pronovost PJ, Makary MA. Surgery. 2013;153:465-472.
Hospital Incident Reporting Systems Do Not Capture Most Patient Harm.
Levinson DR. Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General; January 2012. Report No. OEI-06-09-00091.
Challenges and opportunities to prevent transfusion errors: a Qualitative Evaluation for Safer Transfusion (QUEST).
Heddle NM, Fung M, Hervig T, et al; BEST Collaborative. Transfusion. 2012;52:1687-1695.
Serious Reportable Events in Healthcare—2011 Update.
Washington, DC: National Quality Forum; 2011. ISBN: 9780982842188.
Prevention of 3 "never events" in the operating room: fires, gossypiboma, and wrong-site surgery.
Zahiri HR, Stromberg J, Skupsky H, et al. Surg Innov. 2011;18:55-60.
Patient Safety: Serious Reportable Events in Healthcare.
Washington, DC: National Quality Forum; June 13, 2011.
Washington State Department of Health.
Patient characteristics and the occurrence of never events.
Fry DE, Pine M, Jones BL, Meimban RJ. Arch Surg. 2010;145:148-151.
Patient safety: healthcare acquired conditions and serious reportable events.
Washington, DC: National Quality Forum; September 2009.
Ending extra payment for "never events"—stronger incentives for patients' safety.
Milstein A. N Engl J Med. 2009;360:2388-2390.
A Comprehensive Guide to Managing Never Events and Hospital-Acquired Conditions.
Bunting RF Jr, Schukman J, Wong WB. Washington, DC: Atlantic Information Services, Inc.; 2009. ISBN: 1933801557.
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