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Legislation/Regulation > Sentinel Event Alerts
Sentinel Event Alert. July 30, 2019;(61):1-5.
Anticoagulant medications are known to be high-risk for adverse drug events. Although direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) require less monitoring than warfarin, they are still associated with an increased risk of patient harm if not prescribed and administered correctly. The Joint Commission has issued a new sentinel event alert to raise awareness of the risks related to DOACs, and in particular, the challenges associated with stopping bleeding in patients on these medications. The alert suggests that health care organizations develop patient education materials, policies, and evidence-based guidelines to ensure that DOACs and reversal agents are used appropriately. A past WebM&M commentary discussed common errors related to the use of DOACs.
Legislation/Regulation > Organizational Policy/Guidelines
London, UK: Academy of Medical Royal Colleges; September 2018.
Miscommunication due to clinician use of medical jargon and limited patient health literacy is a persistent problem. This guidance suggests that physicians in the United Kingdom adopt a more direct approach to communication with their patients, such as encouraging physicians to write care letters and visit summaries directed to their patients.