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Marlene Miller, MD, MSc ; March 2011
Providers caring for an infant admitted with a viral infection and history of congenital heart disease failed to appreciate the significance of his low intake and output. The infant developed severe hypoglycemia and dehydration, and wound up in the pediatric intensive care unit.
Hua V. San Francisco Chronicle. February 17, 2006:B6.
This article reports on a study conducted by the Discrimination Research Center that found non-English speakers were not connected to a staff member who spoke the language in about half of calls to the emergency department.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. June 1, 2006:1-2.
This article discusses one hospital's initiative to empower patients and their families to call for a rapid response team if they feel it is necessary.
Newsweek. October 16, 2006:44-68, 72.
This "Health for Life" series features 10 case studies about patient safety and quality improvement efforts as well as several short articles on safety-related topics such as disclosure and computerizing medical care.
Wang SS. Washington Post. September 4, 2007;Health section:1.
This article discusses the advent of rapid response teams and describes how several hospitals have empowered patients or their families to initiate them.