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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...
Wolosin R, Vercler L, Matthews J. Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare. November/December 2005;2:40-44.
The authors examined patients' perceptions of safety in hospital settings and factors that affect their perceptions.
Journal Article > Commentary
SQUIRE 2.0 (Standards for QUality Improvement Reporting Excellence): revised publication guidelines from a detailed consensus process.
Ogrinc G, Davies L, Goodman D, Batalden P, Davidoff F, Stevens D. BMJ Qual Saf. 2016;25:986-992.
The rapid growth in literature on patient safety and quality improvement (QI) has been accompanied by controversy about how such studies should be conducted and reported. Influential leaders have argued that QI studies demand a different standard of evaluation than traditional biomedical research, given their complexity. A contrary argument notes that failure to rigorously evaluate such research could result in wasted resources and unanticipated consequences if poorly evaluated interventions are widely implemented. Developed by expert consensus, these guidelines provide a blueprint for reporting the results of QI studies. Since its introduction in 2008, authors and journal editors have widely adopted these guidelines to standardize reporting of safety and QI studies. In 2015, the SQUIRE guidelines were revised through a process that included semistructured interviews, focus groups, consensus meetings, pilot testing with authors, and a public comment period. SQUIRE 2.0 improves the usability of the guidelines and omits the multiple sub-items that were felt to be too confusing for authors in the initial document.
Healthcare Commission. London, England: Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection; 2008. ISBN: 9780102958362.
This report assesses care in the United Kingdom, provides data on a variety of issues related to safety, and makes recommendations to support improvements over time.
The Joint Commission.
The Eisenberg Award honors individuals and organizations who have made vital accomplishments in improving patient safety and quality. The 2009 honorees are Gary Kaplan, MD; Tejal Gandhi, MD; The Keystone Center for Patient Safety; Mercy Hospital Anderson (Cincinnati, Ohio); and Noreen Zafar, MD.
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.
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.
Web Resource > Database/Directory
Columbia, SC: Mothers Against Medical Error; 2010.
This directory provides a listing of organizations and individuals dedicated to safe provision of health care.
Rau J. Kaiser Health News. October 17, 2011.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published data on hospital-acquired conditions in a 2011 report. This news article discusses new data available on the Hospital Compare Web site, including preventable complications and certain types of medical errors.
Web Resource > Multi-use Website
International Society for Quality in Health Care.
This Web site provides access to communities of practice, online learning activities, and discussions exploring safety and quality.
Web Resource > Multi-use Website
PaSQ Coordinating Secretariat. HAS, Haute Autorité de Santé. La Plaine Saint-Denis Cedex, France.
This organization aims to promote implementation of recommended patient safety practices in European Union member states with a goal of developing a collaborative network to ensure long-term safety and quality improvement.
This Web site summarizes patient safety improvement efforts in Tennessee and provides access to an annual report of their efforts and a calendar of training opportunities.
Tallahassee, FL: Florida Hospital Association; August 2013.
Clark C. HealthLeaders Media. September 13, 2013.
This news piece highlights concern around the safety of elective premature deliveries and describes techniques organizations have used to prevent such procedures.