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Perspectives on Safety > Perspective
Organizational Change in the Face of Highly Public Errors—I. The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Experience
with commentary by James B. Conway; Saul N. Weingart, MD, PhD, Errors in the Media and Organizational Change, May 2005
A decade ago, two tragic medical errors rocked one of the world’s great cancer hospitals, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) in Boston, to its core. The errors led to considerable soul searching and, ultimately, a major change in institutional practices a...
Doctor’s orders killed cancer patient: Dana-Farber admits drug overdose caused death of Globe columnist, damage to second woman.
Knox RA. The Boston Globe. March 23, 1995; Metro/Region section: 1.
This column chronicles the tragic death of Betsy Lehman, a Boston Globe health columnist, who fell victim to an inadvertent overdose of chemotherapy while receiving treatment for breast cancer at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The story details the events surrounding the case, the reactions among family and the public, and the response from Dana-Farber.
Journal Article > Study
Stebbing C, Kaushal R, Bates DW. Pediatrics. 2006;117:1907-1914.
This study analyzed newspaper coverage of pediatric medication errors and adverse drug events in five countries to demonstrate increased interest in the topic over the past decade. Investigators examined the number of articles and the types of events covered and assessed the overall themes presented and framed by the media. The majority of articles published covered patient incidents followed by policy and then research in decreasing order of frequency. Despite the occasional occurrence of sensational reporting on errors, more than 70% of articles that were deemed to be negatively associated with patient safety were covered in a neutral manner.
Award > Award Recipient
Horsham, PA: Institute for Safe Medication Practices; November 7, 2008.
The Cheers awards annually recognize leaders in the field of medication safety. Among the 2008 honorees are FDA Patient Safety News; the Health Information Translations development consortium, Mount Carmel Health System, OhioHealth, The Ohio State University Medical Center, and Nationwide Children's Hospital; the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation; Debora Simmons, RN, MSN; and Diane Cousins, RPh.
Washington, DC: Leapfrog Group; December 4, 2009.
This news announcement highlights the 45 urban, children's, and rural hospitals recognized for highly efficient performance and continuous improvement in patient safety based on the 2009 Leapfrog Hospital Survey results.
Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
In this annual publication, AHRQ reviews the results of the National Healthcare Quality Report and National Healthcare Disparities Report. Providing a 5-year update on the National Quality Strategy, this report highlights that a wide range of quality measures have shown improvement in quality, access, and cost.
Austin, TX: Texas Medical Institute for Technology and the Quaid Foundation; 2010.
This documentary reports on families affected by medical errors; it includes the story of a high-profile heparin overdose and how it transformed the family of actor Dennis Quaid into advocates for patient safety.