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Perspectives on Safety > Interview
The Patient's Role in Safety, March 2007
Sorrel King is the mother of Josie King, who died tragically in 2001 at age 18 months because of medical errors during a hospitalization at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She has subsequently become one of the nation’s foremost patient advocates for safety, forming an influential foundation (the Josie King Foundation) and partnering with Johns Hopkins to promote the field of patient safety around the world.
Perspectives on Safety > Interview
The Role of the Media in Patient Safety, October 2009
Charles Ornstein is a senior reporter at ProPublica, a nonprofit news organization in New York. Formerly with the Los Angeles Times, he co-wrote a series of articles about medical errors at Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center, which closed in 2007; the series earned the newspaper a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. He is also the president of the Association of Health Care Journalists. We asked him to speak with us about the role of the media in patient safety. This interview was conducted while he was still at the Times.
Sanders L. New York Times Magazine. March 18, 2012.
This interactive magazine feature takes readers through the decision-making process in a case involving diagnostic error.
LaGrone K. WPTV.com. April 30, 2012.
This news piece discusses pharmacy medication dispensing errors and describes how patients can help prevent them.
Dwyer J. New York Times. July 11, 2012:A15.
This newspaper article reports on gaps in communication and a missed sepsis diagnosis that led to a patient's death.
Miller R. News-Times. July 25, 2012.
This newspaper article details the complications and errors a patient experienced following a routine surgery.
Hartocollis A. New York Times. July 28, 2012.
This newspaper article reports on the missteps that contributed to the death of a young woman after she was hospitalized in an incident reminiscent of Libby Zion.
Messina I. Toledo Blade. August 24, 2012.
This newspaper article discusses an incident in which a transplant organ was mistakenly discarded.
Web Resource > Multi-use Website
Tanya and Phil Barnett.
This Web site includes a video chronicling how an undiagnosed heart condition led to a teenager's death and offers tips for patients to prevent medical errors.
Sternberg S. US News & World Report. August 28, 2012.
This magazine article discusses insights from experts and patients on how to prevent errors in hospitals in the United States.
Ackerman T. Houston Chronicle. November 23, 2012.
This newspaper article describes challenges that may precipitate underdiagnosis or misdiagnosis of Alzheimer disease and conditions with similar presenting symptoms.
Agnvall E. AARP. November 16, 2012.
Saltzman W. ABC/WPVI. February 5, 2013.
McFadden C. ABC News Nightline. March 6, 2013.
Cohn J. The Atlantic. March 2013;311:59–67.
This magazine article reports how technology, such as IBM's Watson, can improve the efficiency and accuracy of health care decision making.
Kowalczyk L. Boston Globe. April 9, 2013.
This newspaper article describes how one hospital has fostered open communication about medical errors through a monthly newsletter that recounts mistakes in an effort to prevent them from recurring. Reports in the newsletter also solicit the involved patient's perspective.
Jain M. Washington Post. May 27, 2013.
Hartcollis A. New York Times. May 29, 2013:A18.
This newspaper article reports on efforts, such as remote video monitoring or distributing "red cards," to improve hand hygiene compliance in hospitals.
Natt TM Jr. The Pilot. August 9, 2013.
This news article reports how a hospital was placed on "immediate jeopardy" status and revised its policy for fire safety in the operating room after a patient was injured during a surgical fire.
Patient Safety Investigation report into services at University Hospital Galway (UHG) and as reflected in the care provided to Savita Halappanavar.
Dublin, Ireland: Health Information and Quality Authority; October 2013.
This report presents results of an investigation into a hospital maternity service in Ireland, identifies numerous areas for improvement, and makes recommendations to enhance quality and safety.