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Washington, DC: United States Government Accountability Office; January 2019. Publication GAO-19-197.
Record matching problems can have serious clinical impacts on patients. This report explores how to optimize demographic data integrity to improve patient record matching, as identifying information is increasingly integrated into shared record keeping systems. The investigation determined strategies to improve matching such as implementing standard data formats and disseminating best practices.
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.
Boston, MA: Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety and Medical Error Reduction; 2016.
Adverse Events in Hospitals: Care Study of Incidence Among Medicare Beneficiaries in Two Selected Counties.
Levinson DR. Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General; December 2008. Report No. OEI-06-08-00220.
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) no longer reimburses hospitals for the costs associated with certain preventable adverse events, many (but not all) of which are considered never events. This report from the federal Office of the Inspector General (OIG) examines the adverse events in a sample of Medicare beneficiaries. As outlined in a previous report, the OIG chose to evaluate the overall incidence of adverse events, including "no pay for errors" conditions, never events, and all other adverse consequences of hospitalization, including non-preventable adverse events. Therefore, the 15% overall incidence of adverse events found in this study should be interpreted with caution. Less than 1% of patients experienced a never event, and approximately 4% experienced a condition on CMS's no pay for errors list.
Sydney, Australia: Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care; 2008. ISBN: 9780980346275.
This report compiles public and private data to provide insight into the quality and safety of patient care in Australian hospitals.
Legislation/Regulation > Government Resource
Safe Practice Notice 24. London, England: National Patient Safety Agency; July 3, 2007.
This notice highlights the importance of standardizing wristband design and information to make their use consistent for every patient in the United Kingdom.
Paterson R. Auckland, New Zealand: Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner; April 24, 2007.
This report analyzes an incident of medication error that led to a patient's death, discusses the subsequent actions taken by the health board, and calls for a coordinated approach to medication reconciliation in New Zealand.
Kowalczyk L. Boston Globe. April 21, 2007:B1.
This article reports on the results from Joint Commission site inspections of five Boston-area hospitals.
Healthcare Quality Directorate, Department of Health. London, England: Crown Publishing; February 16, 2007.
This report discusses the impact that automated technologies, such as radio frequency identification (RFID) and barcoding, could have on health care in the United Kingdom and provides a plan to support their adoption in the National Health Service.
East Perth, WA, Australia: Department of Health of Western Australia; 2006.
This report shares the 2005-2006 results of Western Australia's sentinel event reporting program and documents a reduction in two types of events: wrong site/wrong part surgeries and retained foreign objects.
PA-PSRS Patient Saf Advis. December 2005;2(suppl 2):1-4.
This supplemental advisory recommends that a limited, standard set of colors and corresponding terms accompany wristband use.
Scobie S, Thomson R. London, England: National Patient Safety Agency; 2005.
Created in 2001 to institute changes in health care across the United Kingdom, the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) presents their first report of patient safety incidents. The two-part report begins with a general discussion of incident reporting, the basis for a national reporting system, and the development of the Patient Safety Observatory. The second part builds on this framework by discussing how the acquired data can be used and translated into safer health care strategies. The report itself encompasses more than 85,000 collected incident reports with analysis, comparisons, and case studies to illustrate important safety issues for future efforts. This represents the first of a series of expected reports from NPSA on patient safety data to be published.
Tools/Toolkit > Fact Sheet/FAQs
Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; October 2001. AHRQ Publication No. 01-0017.
A brief presentation of "pearls" to allow consumers to take an active role in preventing medical errors.