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Perspectives on Safety > Perspective
with commentary by Rosemary Gibson, MSc, The Patient's Role in Safety, March 2007
Patients have three roles in improving patient safety: helping to ensure their own safety, working with health care organizations to improve safety at the organization and unit level, and advocating as citizens for public reporting and accountability of hospital and health system performance. The following case illustrates how patients can help ensure their own safety.
Legislation/Regulation > Sentinel Event Alerts
The Joint Commission. Sentinel Event Alert. December 20, 2004;(33):1-2.
Patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) is a recognized method of controlling pain when administered by credentialed practitioners. However, serious adverse events can result when unauthorized family members, caregivers, or clinicians administer the analgesia for the patient "by proxy." The Joint Commission summarizes the experience of reported PCA incidents and makes recommendations to minimize them.