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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.
Magee MC, Miller K, Patzek D, Madera C, Michalek C, Shetterly M. PA-PSRS Patient Saf Advis. December 2017;14.
Near misses provide unique opportunities to identify and learn from safety hazards. Describing how one organization utilized data on near misses involving barcode medication administration over a 12-year period to reduce barcode-workflow events, this report outlines practices and strategies that contributed to success such as promoting event reporting and applying root cause analysis.
Journal Article > Study
Effectiveness of a radiofrequency detection system as an adjunct to manual counting protocols for tracking surgical sponges: a prospective trial of 2,285 patients.
Rupp CC, Kagarise MJ, Nelson SM, et al. J Am Coll Surg. 2012;215:524-533.
Journal Article > Commentary
McDonald CJ. Ann Intern Med. 2006;144:510-516.
This case study shares the events of a near miss when a patient almost received a fatal dose of insulin in response to another patient's reported hyperglycemia. Ironically, the root cause of the problem involved a new bar-coding system to prevent errors in patient identification. The authors discuss the case in detail and advise caution in the implementation of new technology (eg, computerized provider order entry), which may solve safety issues but create the opportunity for others. This article is part of a special collection entitled "Quality Grand Rounds," a series of articles published in the Annals of Internal Medicine that explores a range of quality issues and medical errors.