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Frakt A. New York Times. April 29, 2019.
Health care providers are a known source of potentially harmful bacteria due to their perpetual interaction with germs during practice. This newspaper article reports on how clinician attire, stethoscopes, and technology can be contaminated with bacteria. Hand sanitizer placement, sleeve length, and laundering behaviors can reduce transmission of pathogens.
Schulte F, Lucas E, Mahr J. Kaiser Health News and Chicago Tribune. September 5, 2018.
Sepsis is a serious condition that can be fatal if it is not promptly diagnosed and treated. This news article reports on systemic factors in nursing homes such as poor staffing and communication with families that contribute to unmanaged pressure ulcers and sepsis that result in hospital admissions and death. A WebM&M commentary discussed a case involving a patient who had a pressure ulcer and sepsis in long-term care.
Abbasi J. JAMA. 2017;318:506-508.
Jewett C. Kaiser Health News. May 9, 2017.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services decision to withhold payment for certain hospital-acquired conditions has prompted widespread efforts to prevent such events. This news article reports on an evaluation by the Office of Inspector General that found regulator review of hospital-acquired infection reports submitted to Medicare to be insufficient, which hinders hospitals' ability to learn from factors that contribute to infections.
Dwyer J. New York Times. April 13, 2017.
Levine H. Consum Rep. 2017 Jan;82:32-40.
Hospital rating systems have yet to receive approval across the health care industry, but they still serve as a way for consumers to select hospitals and providers. This news article reports on publicly available data for central line infections in hospitals across the United States and spotlights checklists as a strategy that contributes to improvement. The article also ranks teaching hospitals based on their performance at preventing central line infections.
Branswell H. STAT. October 25, 2016.
Sun LH. The Washington Post. October 13, 2016.
Medical devices can contribute to the spread of health care–associated infections. This news article discusses a government report that raises concerns that patients may have been exposed to a deadly bacterial infection related to an essential piece of equipment used in cardiac surgery worldwide. The resulting infection can be difficult to diagnosis as symptoms may remain dormant for months after the initial exposure.
McNeill R, Nelson DJ, Abutaleb Y. Reuters Investigation. September 7, 2016.
Antimicrobial resistance is a pervasive threat to patient safety. This news article discusses incidents involving methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection to spotlight the need for health care to develop system-level approaches to measuring the problem and enforce regulations designed to prevent health care–associated infections. A PSNet perspective described one nurse's experience with MRSA as a patient.
CDC Vital Signs. August 23, 2016.
ISMP National Vaccine Errors Reporting Program: one in three vaccine errors associated with age-related factors.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. July 28, 2016;21:1-6.
Vaccine errors can hinder immunization efforts in the United States. Summarizing nearly 4 years of data submitted to the ISMP Vaccine Errors Reporting Program, this newsletter article highlights age-related factors that surfaced in the analysis and recommends strategies for improvement such as patient education and age verification.
CDC Vital Signs. March 3, 2016.
Health care–associated infections (HAI) are a worldwide patient safety problem. This article and accompanying set of infographics spotlight the importance of addressing HAIs and provide updates on improvements associated with better use of catheters, appropriate patient isolation, and increased vigilance to reduce the risks of antibiotic-resistant infections.
Government and industry fail to protect the public when they suggest "carefully following instructions" is enough to prevent vaccine errors.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. February 25, 2016;21:1-5.
From a human error perspective, the suggestion to be more careful is not a reliable safety strategy. Discussing weaknesses associated with this approach as a way to improve vaccine safety, this newsletter article provides recommendations focused on addressing system and human factors to reduce errors related to two-component vaccines.
Freyer FJ. Boston Globe. November 19, 2015.
Consumer Reports. July 29, 2015.
Daley J. Colorado Public Radio. February 17, 2015.
Patient and family stories of harm are increasingly promoted as a strategy to provide insights into medical errors. This radio segment interviews a patient advocate whose daughter died due to medical errors, including failure-to-rescue and a health care–associated infection, and who speaks about that experience to educate clinicians on the importance of patient safety and listening to patients' families.
Brown E, Lin RG II R, Xia R. Los Angeles Times. January 26, 2015.
In light of the recent outbreak of measles in California, this newspaper article reports on how lack of familiarity with measles among clinicians can contribute to diagnostic errors and spread of the disease.
Dunklin R, Thompson S. Dallas Morning News. December 6, 2014.
This news article reports on the widely publicized delayed diagnosis of Ebola at a Dallas hospital and reveals previously undisclosed details from the emergency room physician who misdiagnosed the patient when he first presented, including information and communication gaps that may have contributed to the failure.
Rodricks D. Baltimore Sun. October 14, 2014.
Although significant progress has been made in improving patient safety over the past decade, many medical errors continue to occur. In light of the recent incident involving transmission of the Ebola virus from a patient to a nurse at a Dallas hospital, this newspaper article reports on how lapses in following standard procedures in care environments, such as insufficient handwashing, can result in preventable harm.
Loftis RL. Dallas Morning News. October 5, 2014.
Guidelines and rules are developed to help augment safety, but they cannot guarantee it. This news article explores the potential causes for a missed diagnosis of Ebola despite screening procedures for the virus, including weaknesses in an electronic health record system, complacency, and poor communication.