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Joseph R, Harry E. Medical Economics. June 27, 2019.
Multitasking can negatively affect cognitive load and diminish safety. This magazine article reports on how multitasking can contribute to surgeon fatigue, burnout, and decreased task completion in the perioperative environment. Checklists to automate workflow and limiting the number of patient charts that can be open at one time can help reduce extraneous cognitive load.
Span P. New York Times. February 1, 2019.
Cognitive and functional decline can occur as individuals age. Concerns have been raised regarding the need to assess skills of aging physicians. This newspaper article reports on the implementation of mandatory evaluation programs to assess competencies of older surgeons and the profession's response to them.
Janik LS, Vender JS Grissinger M, Litman RS. APSF Newsletter. February 2019;33:72-75.
This pair of commentaries reviews the use of color-coded medications as an anesthesia safety strategy. The first article argues for implementing standard color sets to delineate drug class and use to improve medication safety. The dissenting article suggests that color-coded medications may decrease the chance of clinicians reading syringe labels carefully due to overreliance on color representation as a shortcut for reading the label.
Cierniak KH, Gaunt MJ, Grissinger M. PA-PSRS. Patient Saf Advis. 2018;15(4).
The operating room environment harbors particular patient safety hazards. Drawing from 1137 perioperative medication error reports submitted over a 1-year period, this analysis found that more than half of the recorded incidents reached the patient and the majority of those stemmed from communication breakdowns during transitions or handoffs. The authors provide recommendations to reduce risks of error, including using barcode medication administration, standardizing handoff procedures, and stocking prefilled syringes.
Biel L. ProPublica. October 2, 2018.
This news article reports on systemic weaknesses that enabled a surgeon with poor skills to continue to perform procedures after numerous surgical errors that resulted in patient harm. A past PSNet perspective explored the risk of recurring medicolegal events among providers who have received unsolicited patient complaints, faced disciplinary actions by medical boards, or accumulated malpractice claims.
Meyer TA, McAllister RK. Pharmacy Practice News. March 19, 2018.
Perioperative adverse drug events are common and understudied. Reporting on the complexity of medication administration during surgery, this news article reviews strategies to reduce risks of surgical adverse drug events. Specific tactics discussed include proactive problem identification, medication reconciliation, high-alert medication process vigilance, verbal order reduction, and information technology optimization.
Hamilton WL. Patient Saf Qual Healthc. July 31, 2017.
Miscommunication during care transitions can contribute to medical errors. This article discusses how handoff communication tools can help to improve reliability of information transfer associated with anesthesia practice. The authors emphasize the importance of standardizing the process of perioperative data collection.
Baker M. Seattle Times. February 10, 2017.
Reporting on an incident involving a patient who died after a surgery, this news article discusses potential contributing factors in the incident such as concurrent surgeries and failure to consider patient and family concerns. A past WebM&M commentary highlighted the importance of listening to families when they advocate for patients in the hospital.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. December 1, 2016;21:1-3.
Accidental administration of irrigation solutions are a wrong-route error that can result in harm. This newsletter article reviews factors that contribute to these incidents in the operating room, such as unlabeled solutions, look-alike labeling, and line connection issues. Recommendations to reduce risks include communicating during transitions, safe storage, and immediate labeling.
Sun LH. The Washington Post. October 13, 2016.
Medical devices can contribute to the spread of health care–associated infections. This news article discusses a government report that raises concerns that patients may have been exposed to a deadly bacterial infection related to an essential piece of equipment used in cardiac surgery worldwide. The resulting infection can be difficult to diagnosis as symptoms may remain dormant for months after the initial exposure.
Whitman E. Mod Healthc. September 25, 2016.
Misidentification of patients can result in problems such as medication administration delays, blood transfusion mismatches, and wrong-patient surgery. This magazine article reviews recent research on this issue and suggests several system approaches for improvement, including the use of patient photos in electronic health records and standardizing patient identification processes.
Cohen E. CNN. March 24, 2016.
Poor communication regarding medical errors can contribute to patient and family frustration and fear. Reporting on a case involving disclosure of a wrong-site surgery, this news article describes a resolution program to help patients cope after a preventable error. The program includes apology, disclosure, and explanation of what occurred as well as financial compensation.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. November 5, 2015;20:1-5.
Anthes E. Nature. 2015;523:516-518.
Checklists have been advocated as a safety strategy, despite challenges that hinder their success. Reporting on the unmet potential of checklists to reliably improve health care safety, this news article describes how resistance to checklist use, design problems, and implementation factors can limit their effectiveness.
Clarke JR. PA-PSRS Patient Saf Advis. 2015;12:19-27.
Wrong-site surgeries are considered never events by the National Quality Forum and sentinel events by The Joint Commission. Drawing from data submitted to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, this article analyzes 83 wrong-site extremity procedures in orthopedic surgery reported over 9 years and recommends site marking and time outs as strategies to prevent these incidents.
Sathya C. CNN. August 22, 2014
This news article reports on the development a surgical black box, which includes using cameras and microphones to record procedures, as a way to track weaknesses in techniques and processes while providing real-time feedback to surgeons and enabling timely intervention to reduce complications in surgery.
Hamblin J. The Atlantic. March 17, 2014.
Reporting on the use of checklists, this magazine article describes studies that identified benefits, such as reduced complication rates, along with research that questioned the effectiveness of checklists in improving safety. The article also discusses how these assessments may influence checklist application in health care over time.
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.
Galli BJ, Riebling N, Paraso C, Lehmann G, Yule M. Patient Saf Qual Healthc. July/August 2013;10:36-41.
Eisler P, Hansen B. USA Today. June 20, 2013.
This newspaper article explains how unnecessary surgeries may lead to patient harm and how shared decision-making may prevent such procedures.