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Frush KS, Hohenhaus SM, eds. Clin Ped Emerg Med. 2006;7:213-277.
This special issue provides 11 articles on various aspects of ensuring safety in pediatric emergency care, including the use of rapid response teams and family involvement in care.
Daner WE, Gosselin RC, Raschke R, Vanderveen T. Patient Saf Qual Healthcare. January/February 2009;6:20-25.
This article explains safety challenges commonly associated with heparin, a high-alert medication, and outlines how hospitals and clinicians can prevent these errors.
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Taylor AM, Chuo J, Figueroa-Altmann A, DiTaranto S, Shaw KN. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2013;39:396-403.
Leadership WalkRounds—derived from the business management approach of "management by walking around"—are being more widely used as a means of error detection and improving safety culture. This report from a children's hospital, in which structured walkrounds by nursing and physician leaders were implemented on six units, found that this approach increased staff engagement in safety efforts, identified hidden system flaws, and resulted in the successful implementation of multiple quality improvement projects. Although this study did not specifically measure the effect of walkrounds on safety climate, prior studies have found conflicting results, which might imply that different methods of performing walkrounds may influence their success.