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St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Department of Health; March 2019.
The National Quality Forum has defined 29 never events—patient safety problems that should never occur, such as wrong-site surgery and patient falls. Since 2003, Minnesota hospitals have been required to report such incidents. The 2018 report summarizes information about 384 adverse events that were reported and found pressure ulcers and invasive procedure events increased, while fall-related deaths decreased. Reports from previous years are also available.
Seeking a safer surgery: some states crack down on doctors who perform unregulated outpatient procedures.
Landro L. Wall Street Journal. July 21, 2009:D1.
This article discusses growing legal oversight on outpatient surgery performed in physicians' offices and identifies ways in which patients can assess a facility before deciding to have a procedure there.
Grady D, Pollack A, Tavernise S. New York Times. October 6, 2012.
This newspaper article discusses how the drug shortage and use of compounded drugs contributed to an outbreak of fungal meningitis in the United States. The outbreak has already led to more than a dozen deaths.
Cohen E. CNN. October 15, 2012.
This news piece reports on a patient who may have been misdiagnosed with a stroke after receiving a contaminated steroid injection.
Sanghavi D. Boston Globe Magazine. January 27, 2013.
Bogdanich W, Rebelo K. New York Times. December 28, 2010;A1.
This article explores inaccuracy of dosage, lack of protocol adherence, and absence of transparency as trends that hinder learning from radiological adverse events.
Hartocollis A, Goodman JD. New York Times. September 9, 2014.
Office-based anesthesia is becoming more common despite concerns regarding its safety. This newspaper article reports on factors to enhance safety of surgical care in ambulatory settings, such as adequate screening of patient risks, availability of staff trained to perform intubations when needed, and ensuring access to lifesaving equipment as strategies.
Kowalczyk L. Boston Globe. August 14, 2016.
Certain elements of the ambulatory surgery environment can increase risk of adverse events. Reporting on a series of patient injuries linked to a contracted anesthesiologist at a cataract surgery center, this news article describes how factors such as production pressure and insufficient assessment of contract anesthesiologists' qualifications can contribute to adverse events in outpatient surgery.