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Inspiring Ideas and Celebrating Successes: A Guidebook to Leading Patient Safety Practices in Ontario Hospitals.
OHA Patient Safety Support Service. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Ontario Hospital Association; 2006.
This report shares successful patient safety strategies employed in Ontario hospitals to address medication safety, patient incident management, infection issues, and administrative process improvements.
Journal Article > Review
Systematic review and evaluation of physiological track and trigger warning systems for identifying at-risk patients on the ward.
Gao H, McDonnell A, Harrison DA, et al. Intensive Care Med. 2007;33:667-79.
Rapid response teams are being widely implemented in hospitals worldwide. These teams are summoned to evaluate patients who meet specific clinical "triggers" (e.g., abnormal vital signs). This systematic review evaluated the ability of such triggers to accurately identify inpatients whose clinical condition is deteriorating. The false-negative rate of commonly used triggers was relatively high, meaning that a significant proportion of acutely unstable patients would not be identified by such criteria. This problem was noted in a prior negative study of rapid response teams. The authors recommend further research to determine the combination of triggers that most accurately identifies clinical instability.
PA-PSRS Patient Saf Advis. March 2008;5(suppl rev):1-50.
This failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) explores factors contributing to near miss and adverse events related to alarm response and provides strategies to prevent monitoring failures.
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Hildy Schell, RN, MS, CCNS; Robert M. Wachter, MD; July 2006
An elderly woman was transported to CT with no medical escort and an inadequate oxygen supply. She died later that day.