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Engaging patients and family members in patient safety—the experience of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.
Wale JB, Moon RR. Psychiatr Q. Spring 2005;76:85-95.
The article outlines initiatives undertaken by the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation to encourage patient and family member involvement in the safety of mental health services.
Scobie S, Minghella E, Dale C, Thomson R, Lelliott P, Hill K. London, UK: National Patient Safety Agency; July 2006.
This report, the second in a series from the United Kingdom's National Patient Safety Agency, analyzes nearly 45,000 patient safety incidents relating to mental health that were reported to a nationwide incident reporting system. The majority of reported incidents were from inpatient mental health facilities, primarily involving patient accidents (including falls), disruptive or aggressive behavior, self-harming behavior, and missing (absconding) patients. The report summarizes existing initiatives to improve patient safety in mental health, makes specific recommendations for mental health providers, and identifies priority areas for future research.
Dao J, Carey B, Frosch D. New York Times. February 13, 2011;A1.
This newspaper article reports on the risks of polypharmacy in veterans and discusses the need to improve monitoring to prevent fatal medication errors.
Judd A. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. November 20, 2011.
Rosenthal E. New York Times. February 12, 2016.
Raising concerns around the use of armed security guards in health care settings, this newspaper article and companion podcast report on the experience of a patient who disclosed a need for mental health treatment upon arriving at a hospital where staff failed to appropriately address his psychiatric condition and instead treated his physical injuries. The patient became increasingly agitated and hospital security personnel ultimately used weapons to subdue him.
Day passes for vulnerable patients of psychiatric hospitals can have dangerous, even fatal consequences.
Woodruff E. Baltimore Sun. June 9, 2017.