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World Health Organization.
This publication shares news related to the World Health Organization's Global Patient Safety Challenge.
Consumer Reports. January 26, 2012.
Consumer Reports analyzed publicly reported infection rates for 92 pediatric intensive care units (ICUs) and found that hospital-acquired infections were 20% higher in pediatric ICUs than in adult ICUs.
Snyderman N. NBC News. February 22, 2012.
This news video reports how inadequate sterilization of surgical instruments can affect patient safety.
Landro L. Wall Street Journal. June 5, 2012;D1.
This newspaper article describes how one hospital reduced hospital-acquired infection rates.
Eisler P. USA Today. August 16, 2012.
This newspaper article reports on how clinicians, hospitals, and health care systems can reduce incidence of hospital-acquired Clostridium difficile infections.
Kolata G. New York Times. August 22, 2012.
Despite strict infection controls placed around a patient carrying a deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria, 17 other patients also became infected and 6 died. This newspaper article details the approach used to track the chain of transmission.
Grady D, Pollack A, Tavernise S. New York Times. October 6, 2012.
This newspaper article discusses how the drug shortage and use of compounded drugs contributed to an outbreak of fungal meningitis in the United States. The outbreak has already led to more than a dozen deaths.
Cohen E. CNN. October 15, 2012.
This news piece reports on a patient who may have been misdiagnosed with a stroke after receiving a contaminated steroid injection.
Teegardin C. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. April 28, 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.
Catalanello R. The Times-Picayune. April 15, 2014.
Rodricks D. Baltimore Sun. October 14, 2014.
Although significant progress has been made in improving patient safety over the past decade, many medical errors continue to occur. In light of the recent incident involving transmission of the Ebola virus from a patient to a nurse at a Dallas hospital, this newspaper article reports on how lapses in following standard procedures in care environments, such as insufficient handwashing, can result in preventable harm.
Gubar S. New York Times. October 30, 2014.
This newspaper article describes how surgical complications, health care–associated infections, and ineffective patient–provider communication contributed to a patient's experience with harm and suggests that transparency around the incident and preoperative patient briefings could have improved the situation.