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- Culture of Safety 2
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- Legal and Policy Approaches 10
- Logistical Approaches 4
- Quality Improvement Strategies 7
- Specialization of Care 1
- Technologic Approaches 5
- Device-related Complications 5
- Discontinuities, Gaps, and Hand-Off Problems 2
- Fatigue and Sleep Deprivation 2
- Interruptions and distractions 1
- Medical Complications 4
- Medication Errors/Preventable Adverse Drug Events 9
- Psychological and Social Complications 4
- Surgical Complications 3
- Allied Health Services 1
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- Pharmacy 4
- Family Members and Caregivers 5
- Health Care Executives and Administrators 12
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- Non-Health Care Professionals 5
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Perspectives on Safety > Perspective
with commentary by Rosemary Gibson, MSc, The Patient's Role in Safety, March 2007
Patients have three roles in improving patient safety: helping to ensure their own safety, working with health care organizations to improve safety at the organization and unit level, and advocating as citizens for public reporting and accountability of hospital and health system performance. The following case illustrates how patients can help ensure their own safety.
Web Resource > Multi-use Website
AORN, Inc., 2170 South Parker Rd, Suite 300, Denver, CO 80231-5711.
This site hosts a guideline collection as a part of the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses' (AORN) patient safety initiative targeting the needs of perioperative registered nurses. It develops new guidelines related to patient safety issues (such as medication safety and prevention of retained surgical items) and helps health care professionals ensure that best practices are followed.
Journal Article > Commentary
Development of a patient safety web-based education curriculum for physicians, nurses, and patients.
Hendee WR, Keating-Christensen C, Loh YH. J Patient Saf. 2005;1:90-99.
Kowalczyk L. Boston Globe. September 17, 2005:A1.
This article reports on changes that hospitals are making to curb long work hours for nurses and how such efforts could reduce potential errors.
Tugend A. New York Times. September 17, 2005;Business/Finance section:9.
This article discusses concerns about nurse shortages and why a patient or family might consider retaining a private-duty nurse for a hospital stay.
Dembner A. Boston Globe. July 3, 2006;Health Science section:A1.
This article reports on the movement to improve care in nursing homes in order to decrease unnecessary hospitalizations for elderly patients.
Newsweek. October 16, 2006:44-68, 72.
This "Health for Life" series features 10 case studies about patient safety and quality improvement efforts as well as several short articles on safety-related topics such as disclosure and computerizing medical care.
Wahlberg D, Treleven E. Wisconsin State Journal. November 3, 2006:A1.
This article reports on criminal charges brought against a nurse after she committed a medication error.
Boodman SG. Washington Post. February 20, 2007:HE01.
This article discusses problems associated with low health literacy and several efforts to address the issue.
US News & World Report. July 3, 2008.
This article discusses the findings of a recent study that reported deficiencies in barcode systems requiring numerous overrides and "workarounds" by nurses.
Colliver V. San Francisco Chronicle. October 28, 2009:A1.
This news story shares the results of a nine-hospital program to improve the safety of medication delivery through minimizing nursing interruptions.
Kowalczyk L. Boston Globe. September 21, 2011.
Reporting on a patient death involving alarm fatigue, this newspaper article describes how one hospital adopted aggressive measures to prevent similar incidents.
Woodall A. Oakland Tribune. September 27, 2011.
This newspaper article reports how a medical error, which occurred during a nursing strike, resulted in a patient's death.
Tools/Toolkit > Fact Sheet/FAQs
Consumer Updates. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; December 12, 2012.
Highlighting concerns associated with patients' use of medical devices at home, such as difficulty understanding instructions, this article offers tips for consumers to help reduce risks.
Saltzman W. ABC/WPVI. February 5, 2013.
Jones R. WXYZ. November 13, 2013.
This news piece reports on risks associated with medication delivery in nursing homes and reveals several incidents that resulted in significant patient harm.
Journal Article > Commentary
Griffin T. J Perinat Neonatal Nurs. 2010;24:348-353.
This commentary describes nurse change-of-shift reports as a tactic to improve communication with patients and families to promote safe care.
Valencia MJ. Boston Globe. March 10, 2011.
This newspaper article reports on a fatal medication error involving an anticoagulant overdose.
Brown T. New York Times. March 17, 2013:SR5.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. February 27, 2014;19:1-4.
Summarizing results from a Canadian study to determine factors associated with fatal medication errors in the home, this newsletter article describes how patients and nonprofessional caregivers lacked understanding about their medication, such as potential adverse effects and signs of toxicity, which increased risk of harm.