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Search results for "Government Resource"
VA National Center for Patient Safety.
The Department of Veterans Affairs consistently contributes to innovation and improvement efforts in patient safety. This podcast series offers short interviews with experts in the field that explore topics such as the VA National Center for Patient Safety leadership development program and a checklist for use in mental health facilities.
Web Resource > Government Resource
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Tools/Toolkit > Government Resource
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Rockville, MD.
Journal Article > Government Resource
Characteristics of initial prescription episodes and likelihood of long-term opioid use—United States, 2006–2015.
Shah A, Hayes CJ, Martin BC. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2017;66:265-269.
Opioid use has become a growing patient safety concern. Recent studies have documented wide variation in opioid prescribing for acute pain and a significant rate of chronic opioid use after patients receive a first prescription for an acute indication. This retrospective medical record review study identified risk factors for remaining on an opioid medication for more than 1 year following their initial prescription. Older, female, and publicly or self-insured patients were more likely to remain on an opioid compared with younger, male, and privately insured patients. Patients started on higher doses (cumulative dose ≥ 700 mg morphine equivalent), provided prescriptions with longer duration (more than 10 days), or given 3 or more prescriptions for opioids were most likely to continue to use opioid medications 1 year later. The authors recommend prescribing fewer than 7 days of opioids for acute pain and adhering to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guideline for opioid use to improve prescribing practices.
Audiovisual > Audiovisual Presentation
A National Web Conference on Improving Health IT Safety Through the Use of Natural Language Processing to Improve Accuracy of EHR Documentation.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. February 7, 2017.
Lowry SZ, Ramaiah M, Prettyman SS, et al. Gaithersburg, MD: National Institute of Standards and Technology, United States Department of Commerce; January 19, 2017. NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR)-8166.
Copying and pasting information in electronic health records can introduce risks. This report discusses a human factors study of the phenomenon to determine how the practice affects information distribution. The authors conclude that the problem does exist, describe its impact on situational awareness, and provide recommendations to improve safety associated with the copy-and-paste function.
Implantable infusion pumps in the magnetic resonance (MR) environment: FDA safety communication—important safety precautions.
MedWatch Safety Alert. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; January 11, 2017.
Hazards in the magnetic resonance imaging environment can result in patient harm. This announcement raises awareness of inaccuracies and disruptions that may affect the safety of patients with implantable infusion devices who undergo an MRI exam. The statement recommends that patients inform their care team and carry an implant card with information about the implanted device to prevent these problems.
Grissinger M. PA-PSRS Patient Saf Advis. December 2016;13:137-148.
Drawing from reports of medication errors submitted over a 7-year period to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, this analysis found that common problems included drug incompatibility and drug–drug interaction. The article cautions against relying on drug ordering alerts as the sole strategy for preventing potentially harmful prescribing.
Weiss AJ, Elixhauser A, Barrett ML, Steiner CA, Bailey MK, O'Malley L. HCUP Statistical Brief #219. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; December 2016.
Opioids are known to be high-risk medications, and their misuse is an increasingly recognized patient safety problem. This data analysis from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project delineates trends in opioid-related hospitalizations by state between 2005 and 2014. Both hospital stays and emergency department visits related to opioids have been increasing every year, paralleling trends in opioid overdose deaths. There was substantial variation across states, and the overall rate of opioid-related inpatient stays was 225 per 100,000 population for 2014. These data underscore the need to improve the safety of opioid use to prevent morbidity and mortality.
Electronically Generated Medication Administration and Electronic Medication Administration Records for the Prevention of Medication Transcription Errors: Review of Clinical Effectiveness and Safety.
Ottawa, ON: Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health; 2016.
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.
Audiovisual > Audiovisual Presentation
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. November 9, 2016.
Request for comments on the proposed measures and 2020 targets for the National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention: inpatient and outpatient measures for reduction of adverse drug events from anticoagulants, diabetes agents, and opioid analgesics.
Federal Register. Washington, DC: Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, US Department of Health and Human Services. October 20, 2016;81:72594-72595.
National attention has focused on efforts to address adverse drug events. This call for comments seeks insights regarding revisions to a 2014 action plan that highlighted how to reduce adverse drug events associated with anticoagulants, diabetes agents, and opioids. These proposed updates involve measures to apply in both the inpatient and outpatient environments to track adverse drug events. The opportunity to submit written comments is now closed.
Grant > Government Resource
Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; October 13, 2016. PA-17-007 and PA-17-008.
Health care–associated infections occur across various health care settings. AHRQ seeks to support large research (R01) and dissemination (R18) projects working to develop strategies and approaches for preventing and reducing health care–associated infections. Applications will be accepted on a standard submission schedule through January 26, 2021 for the R18 funding and March 6, 2021 for the R01 funding.
Lopreiato JO, Downing D, Gammon W, et al; Terminology & Concepts Working Group. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; October 2016. AHRQ Publication No. 16(17)-0043.
Developed by AHRQ in partnership with the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, this dictionary represents an effort to standardize language associated with simulation in order to improve communication about and application of the strategy. The terms in the initial collection will be expanded and revised over time.
Grant > Fact Sheet/FAQs
Partnership for Patients and the Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks: Continuing Forward Momentum on Reducing Patient Harm.
Fact Sheets. Baltimore, MD: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; September 29, 2016.
The Partnership for Patients program is credited with supporting harm reduction in hospitalized patients across the United States through the Hospital Engagement Networks (HEN). This fact sheet summarizes the next round of funding that will build on HEN accomplishments to support innovation with a goal of reducing hospital-acquired conditions and preventable readmissions by 2019.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Rider BB, Gaunt MJ, Grissinger M. PA-PSRS Patient Saf Advis. September 2016;13:81-91.
Designing and Delivering Whole-Person Transitional Care: Hospital Guide to Reducing Medicaid Readmissions.
Boutwell A, Bourgoin A , Maxwell J, DeAngelis K, Genetti S, Savuto M, Snow J. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; September 2016. AHRQ Publication No.16-0047-EF.
This toolkit provides information for hospitals to help reduce preventable readmissions among Medicaid patients. Building on hospital experience with utilizing the materials since 2014, this updated guide explains how to determine root causes for readmissions, evaluate existing interventions, develop a set of improvement strategies, and optimize care transition processes.
Journal Article > Government Resource
Vital signs: epidemiology of sepsis: prevalence of health care factors and opportunities for prevention.
Novosad SA, Sapiano MR, Grigg C, et al. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2016;65:864-869.
Sepsis has been a significant focus of quality improvement initiatives. In this retrospective review, researchers sought to identify patient characteristics, risk factors, and infections that might inform sepsis diagnosis, treatment, and prevention efforts. The medical records of a random sample of 246 adult and 79 pediatric patients with codes for severe sepsis or septic shock across 4 New York hospitals were reviewed. Investigators found that 72% of patients had exposure to at least one health care factor during the 30 days prior to being admitted for sepsis or a medical condition requiring frequent health care contact. Pneumonia was the most frequently documented infection causing sepsis. They concluded that reducing sepsis will require an ongoing focus on infection prevention.