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Abigail Zuger, MD; June 2011
An adolescent girl passed out after a soccer game, and her father, a physician, took her to the pediatrician for tests. The physician father obtained a copy of his daughter’s ECG, panicked because it was not normal, and began guiding his daughter’s medical care.
Audiovisual > Meeting/Conference Proceedings
2005 Annual Patient Safety and Health Information Technology Conference: Making the Health Care System Safer through Implementation and Innovation.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. June 6-10, 2005.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) hosted the 2005 Annual Patient Safety and Health Information Technology Conference. Transcripts and slide presentations are available from the five-day event.
Journal Article > Commentary
Detsky ME, Etchells E. JAMA. 2008;300:954-956.
Providing patient-centered care continues to be a goal in both clinical settings and from a systems standpoint. While single-patient rooms have been associated with patients feeling safer, there is some debate about whether patients' satisfaction equates to their safety. This commentary advocates for single-patient rooms as a method to become more patient-centered, increase patient satisfaction, and reduce the incidence of nosocomial infections. The authors also point out important considerations with such a strategy, including costs and potential changes in workflow and related processes. However, they conclude that efforts at hospital design could have greater impact on patient safety and satisfaction than efforts at changing hospital culture.