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FDA Safety Communication: caution when using robotically-assisted surgical devices in women's health including mastectomy and other cancer-related surgeries.
MedWatch Safety Alert. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; February 28, 2019.
This announcement seeks to raise awareness of the potential risks associated with the use of robotic-assisted surgical devices in mastectomies or cancer-related care. Recommendations for patients who may seek to have robotically assisted surgery include asking about their surgeon's experience with these procedures and discussing benefits, risks, and alternatives regarding available treatment options with their health care provider. Suggestions for health care providers include completing specialized training on procedures they perform. A WebM&M commentary described the challenges and benefits associated with robotic surgery.
Famolaro T, Yount ND, Hare R, Thornton S, Sorra J. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; May 2016. AHRQ Publication No. 16-0028-EF.
For more than a decade, the Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture has been used in hospitals to evaluate aspects of local organizational culture that affect patient safety. Improved patient safety culture scores have been associated with reduced adverse events and better patient outcomes. The Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety Culture expands this widely used tool for application in the medical office setting. The 2016 User Comparative Database includes data from more than 25,000 respondents across 1,528 medical offices that completed the survey between 2013 and 2015. As with similar databases for hospitals and pharmacies, this resource serves as a tool for benchmarking performance and identifying potential areas for improvement. Teamwork and patient care tracking received the strongest positive scores, whereas work pressure and pace was identified as the area with the most potential for improvement. A prior PSNet perspective discussed establishing a safety culture.
Special or Theme Issue
J Am Coll Surg. 2011;212:921-990.
Articles in this special issue explore the effectiveness of AHRQ Patient Safety Indicators in VA hospitals.
New dosing recommendations to prevent potential Valcyte (valganciclovir) overdose in pediatric transplant patients.
MedWatch Safety Alert. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; September 15, 2010.
This announcement describes revised dosing recommendations designed to prevent overdosing immunocompromised pediatric patients.
Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
In this annual publication, AHRQ reviews the results of the National Healthcare Quality Report and National Healthcare Disparities Report. Providing a 5-year update on the National Quality Strategy, this report highlights that a wide range of quality measures have shown improvement in quality, access, and cost.
Tools/Toolkit > Fact Sheet/FAQs
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.
Journal Article > Study
Volpp KG, Rosen AK, Rosenbaum PR, et al. J Gen Intern Med. 2009;10:1149-1155.
The safety impact of the ACGME trainee work hour restrictions remains controversial due to contrasting findings that have suggested benefit, harm, and no significant impact. This observational study analyzed all Medicare patients admitted to acute care facilities with a predefined set of primary diagnoses to estimate the 30-day mortality among high-severity medical admissions and the failure to rescue in postoperative surgical admissions. Investigators found no significant harm or benefit to patients with higher-severity illness compared with those with lower risk among both the medical and surgical patients. A past AHRQ WebM&M perspective discussed the impact of fatigue and extended shifts among trainees on the incidence of medical errors.
Audiovisual > Audiovisual Presentation
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Patient Safety News. Show #79. September 2008.
This collection of video segments offers information on common types of medical errors, particularly medication errors, based on reports to the Institute for Safe Medication Practices.
Journal Article > Study
Encinosa WE, Hellinger FJ. Health Serv Res. 2008;43:2067-2085.
The financial costs associated with medical errors have gained increasing attention, due to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services policy of nonpayment for certain preventable adverse events. This study sought to estimate costs associated with adverse events (measured by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Patient Safety Indicators) in surgical patients. Importantly, by measuring costs for a 90-day period after surgery, the authors were able to estimate the postdischarge financial impact of adverse events. Up to 20% of costs were incurred after hospital discharge, and the investigators found significant impact of adverse events on mortality and hospital readmissions. The implications of this study and prior research in this area help formulate a business case for safety.