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Communication between Providers
- Sbar 1
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Education and Training
- Students 5
Error Reporting and Analysis
- Never Events 14
- Error Reporting 208
Human Factors Engineering
- Checklists 29
Legal and Policy Approaches
- Regulation 52
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- Policies and Operations 6
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- Benchmarking 21
- Research Directions 6
- Specialization of Care 26
- Teamwork 25
- Clinical Information Systems 64
- Transparency and Accountability 19
- Alert fatigue 3
- Device-related Complications 53
- Diagnostic Errors 100
- Discontinuities, Gaps, and Hand-Off Problems 74
- Drug shortages 13
- Failure to rescue 4
- Fatigue and Sleep Deprivation 17
- Identification Errors 47
- Interruptions and distractions 3
- Delirium 1
- Medication Errors/Preventable Adverse Drug Events 151
- MRI safety 1
- Nonsurgical Procedural Complications 18
- Overtreatment 6
- Psychological and Social Complications 71
- Surgical Complications 144
- Transfusion Complications 4
- Home Care 20
- General Hospitals 175
- Long-Term Care 14
- Outpatient Surgery 17
- Patient Transport 2
- Psychiatric Facilities 5
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- Geriatrics 20
- Obstetrics 20
- Pediatrics 68
- Primary Care 18
- Radiology 17
- Internal Medicine 240
- Nursing 28
- Palliative Care 3
- Pharmacy 110
- Family Members and Caregivers 89
- Health Care Executives and Administrators 350
Health Care Providers
- Nurses 35
- Pharmacists 28
- Physicians 112
Non-Health Care Professionals
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- Australia and New Zealand 15
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Schulte F, Fry E. Kaiser Health News, Fortune Magazine. March 18, 2019.
Despite years of investment and government support, electronic health records (EHR) continue to face challenges as a patient safety strategy. This news article outlines the unintended consequences of EHR implementation, including patient harm linked to software glitches and user errors, fraudulent behavior (upcoding), interoperability problems, clinician burnout due to poorly designed digital health records, and lack of industry transparency.
Ross C. STAT. May 13, 2019.
Nuisance alarms, interruptions, and insufficient staff availability can hinder effective monitoring and response to acute patient deterioration. This news article reports on how hospital logistics centers are working toward utilizing artificial intelligence to improve clinician response to alarms by proactively identifying hospitalized patients at the highest risk for heart failure to trigger emergency response teams when their condition rapidly declines.
Canadian Patient Safety Institute and Health Standards Organization.
This draft 5-year framework aims to guide the activities in Canada to focus action, resources, and policy development on supporting care improvement. The document is structured around five goals: people-centered care, safe care, accessible care, appropriate care, and continuous care. The authors invited Canadian patients, families, clinicians, organization leaders, and policymakers to provide input on the material to ensure its applicability across the country.
National Quality Forum.
CDC Vital Signs. May 7, 2019.
Maternal morbidity and mortality is a worldwide patient safety problem. This analysis describes the prevalence of pregnancy-related death and areas of concern during pregnancy, at delivery, and up to a year postpartum. It reports that 60% of these deaths are preventable and provides suggestions for families, clinicians, and systems to reduce risks.
Frakt A. New York Times. April 29, 2019.
Health care providers are a known source of potentially harmful bacteria due to their perpetual interaction with germs during practice. This newspaper article reports on how clinician attire, stethoscopes, and technology can be contaminated with bacteria. Hand sanitizer placement, sleeve length, and laundering behaviors can reduce transmission of pathogens.
Journal Article > Study
Shen C, Nguyen M, Gregor A, Isaza G, Beattie A. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2019;137:690-692.
This study entered 42 validated clinical vignettes for eye diseases into an online symptom checker. As with prior studies, the performance of the online symptom checker in producing the correct diagnosis was suboptimal. The authors suggest that current performance of symptom checkers is not sufficient for timely and accurate diagnosis of ophthalmologic conditions.
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DesRoches CM, Bell SK, Dong Z, et al. Ann Intern Med. 2019;171:69-71.
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Farnborough, Hampshire, UK.
Independent investigations examine system weaknesses in health care to inform improvement, reduce risk, and prevent harm. This organization collects information from individuals, groups, and organizations to identify and analyze incidents of substandard care and to proactively provide recommendations to reduce conditions that perpetuate failure in the National Health Service. Investigation areas include medication delivery for older patients and safe maternity care.
Palmer J. Patient Saf Qual Healthc. May/June 2019.
Organizations must learn from adverse events to prevent similar incidents. Reporting on lessons to be learned from the cascade of failures connected with the preventable death of a patient during an acute asthma attack at the door of a hospital emergency department, this magazine article outlines the importance of effective signage, appropriate security staff placement, and acceptance of the responsibility for failure.
Lives Lost, Lives Saved: An Updated Comparative Analysis of Avoidable Deaths at Hospitals Graded by The Leapfrog Group.
Austin M, Derk J. Baltimore, MD: Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, and Johns Hopkins Medicine; May 2019.
Measures help track gaps in process and evidence of safety improvements. This white paper examines the performance of hospitals receiving Hospital Safety Grades and the relationship between high-level recognition and preventable harm. The report estimates that a substantial number of lives could have been saved if performance metrics had been met, but concludes that even high-performing hospitals exhibit areas in need of improvement.
Colino S. Fam Circle. August 2019;132:66,69.
Patients and families can play a role in ensuring care is effective and safe. This news article recommends ways for patients to reduce risk of errors during a hospitalization, including using a patient portal to identify mistakes, asking questions, bringing an advocate, and working with hospitalists as key care partners.
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Consumers' perspectives on their involvement in recognizing and responding to patient deterioration—developing a model for consumer reporting.
King L, Peacock G, Crotty M, Clark R. Health Expect. 2019;22:385-395.
Appleby J, Lucas E. Kaiser Health News. June 21, 2019.
Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization; 2019.
Reducing adverse medication events is a worldwide challenge. This collection of technical reports explores key areas of concern that require action at a system level to improve: high-alert medications, polypharmacy, and medication use at care transitions. Each monograph provides an overview of the topic as well as practical improvement approaches for patients, clinicians, and organizations.
Panner M. Forbes. August 12, 2019.
Diagnostic errors can result in harm across the spectrum of practice. Discussing cognitive and system factors in radiology that contribute to diagnostic mistakes, this magazine article recommends ways to reduce risk of errors, including peer review of practice, structured reporting, and artificial intelligence–enabled decision support.
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8230 Old Courthouse Road, Suite 420, Tysons Corner, VA.
A comprehensive systems-focused approach must be employed in the hospital and at home to ensure reliable medication use. This institute supports multistakeholder activities to enhance policy and education throughout health care to optimize and improve medication practices of caregivers, families, pharmacists, and clinicians.