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MedWatch Safety Alert. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration. May 29, 2018.
Surgical fires can result in patient harm. This announcement provides information about causes of surgical fires and reviews FDA recommendations to prevent them, such as presurgery fire risk assessment, promoting team communication, and fire management planning. A WebM&M commentary discussed common sources of operating room fires and how to reduce risks.
Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. December 2017. AHRQ Publication No. 16(18)-0004-1-EF.
Large-scale collaboratives have achieved success in implementing patient safety improvements. This report describes the work and outcomes of a 3-year surgical safety program funded by AHRQ that involved more than 200 hospitals in the United States. The project employed models and tools to implement surgical site infection prevention strategies. Participants reported substantial reductions of surgical site infections in their facilities.
Hoyt DB, Ko CY, eds. Chicago, IL: American College of Surgeons; 2017. ISBN: 9780996826242.
Surgery is complex and involves a wide range of possibilities for error that can result in patient harm. This textbook explores both technical and organizational contributors to those factors. The authors provide context for how leaders can address weaknesses across all phases of surgical care to help improve safety. Topics covered include high reliability, teamwork, communication, and patient-centered culture.
US Senate Finance Committee. December 6, 2016.
The practice of scheduling concurrent surgeries has raised concerns about increased risks of surgeon distraction, procedure delay, and insufficient expertise available in the operating room. This United States Senate report summarizes findings of an inquiry that assessed insights from 17 hospitals regarding concurrent and overlapping surgical policies. Areas of concern identified by the investigation include a lack of available data on the patient outcomes associated with the practice and need for specific billing requirements.
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Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; Revised December 2009. AHRQ Publication No. 10-M008.
This tip sheet provides 10 practical steps hospitals can undertake to improve patient safety, based on research funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The tips can be grouped into three areas: 1) reducing health care-acquired infections and retained surgical instruments through use of specific clinical practices; 2) improving drug safety by ensuring access to accurate drug information; and 3) improving the culture of safety through appropriate staffing and work hours for nurses and residents. These tips are based on high-quality research studies documenting the effectiveness of these interventions at reducing errors and improving safety for a broad range of patients.
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, 109th Cong, 2nd Sess (June 15, 2006). (Testimony of James P. Bagian, MD, PE; John D. Daigh, Jr., MD; Daniel Schultz, MD; Laurie Ekstrand).
These testimonies addressed issues within the Veterans Affairs health system that contributed to recent sterilization and labeling lapses.
Journal Article > Study
Reiter ER, Wong DR. Laryngoscope. 2005;115:773-779.
The authors surveyed residents and residency program directors to determine perceived changes brought on by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education's work-hour regulations. Neither group agreed strongly that regulations have improved patient care or resident education; however, most residents agreed that morale had improved.