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Peter Lindenauer, MD, MSc; November 2006
A woman with end stage renal disease and heart disease on anticoagulation receives a pneumonia vaccination that causes a large hematoma.
Perspectives on Safety > Interview
Surgical Errors, September 2007
Atul Gawande, MD, MA, MPH, Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, is an accomplished surgeon and writer and is the recipient of a 2006 MacArthur Fellowship. He is an active clinician at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Gawande has written two acclaimed and best-selling books: Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science and Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance. A staff writer for the New Yorker, he also recently completed a stint as a guest columnist for the New York Times. Dr. Gawande is leading the World Health Organization's Second Global Patient Safety Challenge: "Safe Surgery Saves Lives." We asked him to speak with us about professionalism, training, patient safety, and the writing process.
Perspectives on Safety > Interview
Health Literacy and Safety, February-March 2009
Dean Schillinger, MD, is a Professor of Medicine at University of California, San Francisco, Director of the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations, and Chief of the California Diabetes Prevention and Control Program. His role as a practicing clinician at a safety net hospital (San Francisco General Hospital) has put him in a unique position to pursue influential and relevant research related to health literacy and improving care for vulnerable populations.
Journal Article > Commentary
Bates DW, Wachter RM, Vanderveen T. Patient Saf Qual Healthc. July/August 2009;6:22-27.
This piece shares insights from an interactive audio conference regarding the potential impact of information technology on safe medication delivery.
Journal Article > Study
Adherence to Surgical Care Improvement Project measures and the association with postoperative infections.
Stulberg JJ, Delaney CP, Neuhauser DV, Aron DC, Fu P, Koroukian SM. JAMA. 2010;303:2479-2485.
Public reporting of quality measures is now widely used as a means of spurring hospitals to invest in patient safety and quality improvement efforts; however, it remains unclear if reported measures truly indicate a higher quality of care. In this study of more than 400,000 patients, researchers analyzed the relationship between adherence to recommended measures to prevent postoperative surgical infections and the subsequent development of such infections. They found that infection rates decreased only when all recommended interventions were carried out; performance of individual interventions did not seem to affect infection rates. Checklists—a relatively simple tool to ensure that all recommended steps of a process are carried out for every patient—initially gained fame as a means of preventing central line infections, and have subsequently been demonstrated to reduce surgical site infections.
Weinstock M. Hosp Health Netw. 2011 Apr;85:46-49, 2.
This article discusses one hospital system's effort to hardwire safety into daily work by having providers look at each patient as a loved one.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Health Care Innovations Exchange. May 18, 2016.
Jewett C. Kaiser Health News. May 3, 2019.
Transparency has been heralded as a cornerstone to improvement in health care. This news article reports on a government alternative summary reporting program that allowed medical device makers to conceal safety events and malfunction reports associated with medical devices. A new program that expands access to information about device-related failures will be put in place.