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Joan M. Teno, MD, MS; April 2008
Despite having a signed DNR (do not resuscitate) form, an elderly man brought to the emergency department with severe pain was rushed to the operating room for urgent abdominal aortic aneurysm repair.
Perspectives on Safety > Perspective
with commentary by Arpana R. Vidyarthi, MD; Robert B. Baron, MD, MS, Medical Education and Patient Safety, February 2010
Clear health communication is increasingly recognized as essential for promoting patient safety. Yet according to a recent Joint Commission report, What Did the Doctor Say? Improving Health Literacy to Protect Patient Safety, communication problems among health care providers, patients, and families are common and a leading root cause of adverse outcomes.(1) Addressing health literacy—the capacity of individuals to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions—has become a primary objective for many health systems in order to protect patients from harm.
Landro L. Wall Street Journal (Eastern edition). June 28, 2006:D1. [reprinted on Post-gazette.com].
This article reports on communication interventions such as SBAR (Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendation) that make patient hand-offs more reliable.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. July 3, 2008;13:1-3.
This article reports on the potentially fatal error of administering epidural medications intravenously and provides guidelines to safeguard against such epidural–IV route mix-ups.