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- Quality Improvement Strategies 8
- Technologic Approaches 2
- Device-related Complications 3
- Diagnostic Errors 1
- Discontinuities, Gaps, and Hand-Off Problems
- Identification Errors 4
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- Surgical Complications
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Reynard J, Reynolds J, Stevenson P. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press; 2009. ISBN: 9780199239931.
This book provides an introduction to key patient safety topics and includes a set of 20 case studies to demonstrate opportunities for error prevention.
Inspiring Ideas and Celebrating Successes: A Guidebook to Leading Patient Safety Practices in Ontario Hospitals.
OHA Patient Safety Support Service. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Ontario Hospital Association; 2006.
This report shares successful patient safety strategies employed in Ontario hospitals to address medication safety, patient incident management, infection issues, and administrative process improvements.
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.
Web Resource > Multi-use Website
The Joint Commission.
The Joint Commission has traditionally focused on accreditation of health care organizations and, through its Joint Commission Resources arm, on quality improvement (QI) in areas related to its accreditation functions. In the first major initiative under the leadership of new president Dr. Mark Chassin, The Joint Commission launched this Center, which will focus on applying rigorous QI methods to improve safety in a number of challenging areas (the first three are hand hygiene, handoff communication, and preventing wrong site surgery) and disseminating the lessons from these efforts. This Web site provides more information about the Center and its goals.
Journal Article > Study
Lau H, Litman KC. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2011;37:400-408.
This study reports on Kaiser Permanente's use of systems analysis approaches to review all cases of inpatient mortality, with the goal of identifying preventable harm.
Journal Article > Commentary
McNellis B. JAAPA. July 2010;23:24-26, 31.
This piece emphasizes how checklists can be effective tools to prevent medical error and reduce communication failure.
National Quality Forum. Washington, DC: National Quality Forum; 2010.
The National Quality Forum originally published the Safe Practices for Better Healthcare in 2003. These practices are intended to be universally applicable, "gold standard" interventions for reducing preventable harm, and have been widely endorsed and implemented. As in the 2009 update, the 34 specific practices are organized into seven content areas: creating a culture of safety, providing patient-centered care and disclosing errors, matching health care needs with delivery capacity, facilitating information transfer and clear communication between providers, managing medications safely, preventing health care–associated infections, and implementing safe practices for specific clinical conditions and sites of care. There are no major changes in the recommended practices since 2009, but the report contains specific recommendations on engaging patients and families in safety efforts.
Journal Article > Commentary
Saufl NM. J Perianesth Nurs. 2009;24:114-118.
This commentary provides background on the development of the Joint Commission's 2009 National Patient Safety Goals and summarizes the goals set for the hospital environment.
Oakbrook Terrace, IL: The Joint Commission; November 2008.
The quality of care delivered at US hospitals continues to improve, according to data gathered by the Joint Commission from nearly 1,500 institutions. Hospitals improved their provision of evidence-based care for patients with heart attacks, congestive heart failure, and pneumonia, and also improved at prevention of health care–associated infections in surgical patients. As in the 2007 report, adherence to the National Patient Safety Goals was more mixed. Although performance improved in some areas (including medication reconciliation and eliminating "do not use" abbreviations), many hospitals do not systematically perform time outs prior to procedures, or have reliable mechanisms for communicating critical test results.
Oakbrook Terrace, IL: The Joint Commission; March 2007.
This report reveals that the overall quality of care delivered by US hospitals improved steadily between 2003 and 2005, as measured by adherence to evidence-based treatments for myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, and pneumonia. Adherence to the Joint Commission's National Patient Safety Goals, which include measures to prevent wrong-site surgery and promote medication reconciliation, was also measured. Although results on these measures showed a more mixed picture, the report cautions that changes in measurement during the study period limit interpretability of the results.
Cases & Commentaries
- Web M&M
B. Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD; March 2007
Several days after a patient’s surgery, preliminary wound cultures grew Staphylococcus aureus. Although the final sensitivity profile for the cultures showed resistance to the antibiotic that the patient was receiving, the care team was not notified and the patient died of sepsis.
Feldman R. The Washington Post. May 2, 2006:HE01.
In this article, a nurse shares her firsthand account of what it was like to be a surgical patient and the surprising safety and quality shortcomings she encountered during her hospital stay.