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St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Department of Health; March 2019.
The National Quality Forum has defined 29 never events—patient safety problems that should never occur, such as wrong-site surgery and patient falls. Since 2003, Minnesota hospitals have been required to report such incidents. The 2018 report summarizes information about 384 adverse events that were reported and found pressure ulcers and invasive procedure events increased, while fall-related deaths decreased. Reports from previous years are also available.
Journal Article > Commentary
Davis Giardina T, Singh H. JAMA. 2011;306:2502-2503.
This commentary discusses a federal proposal to provide patients with direct access to laboratory test results as a tactic to reduce errors.
Kauffman M, Altimari D. The Hartford Courant. November 15, 2009;Final:A1.
This newspaper article reports that a Connecticut law intended to make hospital errors more transparent has had the opposite effect by making it easier for hospitals to limit publicly available information on adverse events.
FDA Safety Communication. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; February 25, 2015.
The practice of using multi-dose insulin pens, meant for single patient use only, among multiple patients has been linked to health care–associated infections. This announcement outlines federal labeling requirements to raise awareness of the risks associated with this practice to prevent misuse of the devices.
Cohen E. CNN. April 9, 2012.
This news article reports on errors that contributed to the death of a live organ donor and describes regulations to protect organ donors' safety.
Audiovisual > Audiovisual Presentation
Faye J. NBC-17 News. November 10, 2011.
This news segment discusses how drug shortages can affect providers, patients, and decisions about medication therapy.
Freudenheim M. New York Times. December 13, 2010:3B.
This article reports on a committee created by the Institute of Medicine to analyze the potential impact of electronic medical records (EMR) on costs and quality of care.
Seeking a safer surgery: some states crack down on doctors who perform unregulated outpatient procedures.
Landro L. Wall Street Journal. July 21, 2009:D1.
This article discusses growing legal oversight on outpatient surgery performed in physicians' offices and identifies ways in which patients can assess a facility before deciding to have a procedure there.
Jewell K, McGiffert L. Austin, TX: Consumers Union; 2009.
The 10 years since the release of the Institute of Medicine's To Err Is Human report have yielded some improvements in patient safety, but this Consumers Union report reminds clinicians and consumers alike that much work remains to be done. As the report notes, preventable safety problems such as medication errors and health care–associated infections still cause significant morbidity and mortality, despite the existence of effective preventive strategies. The report advocates for standardized measurement and public reporting of errors and calls for tighter accreditation standards for health care professionals.
Tools/Toolkit > Fact Sheet/FAQs
FDA Consumer Health Information. Rockville, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; February 20, 2009.
This fact sheet discusses the role of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in reducing medication errors and describes examples of such errors for consumers.
More states shred bills for awful medical errors: patients in 23 states will no longer pay for certain mistakes, hospitals say.
Aleccia J. MSNBC News. August 12, 2008.
This article reports on the implementation and expansion of several states' non-payment policies for medical mistakes in light of similar policies set by Medicare and private insurance companies.
Smith S. Boston Globe. June 19, 2008;Metro section:1B
Massachusetts government and state insurers have outlined policies whereby they will not reimburse hospitals for care related to 28 preventable errors, though they have not specified details about implementation or enforcement.
Rusk K. Assignment 7. ABC7news.com. May 26, 2008.
In the context of statewide efforts to prevent medication errors, increase reporting, and share best practices, this news video addresses how hospitals are employing both low- and high-tech solutions to improve patient safety. The story also covers barcoding, the Five Rights, transparency, and efforts to get safety information into patients' hands.
Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. February 27, 2008.
Fuhrmans V. Wall Street Journal. January 15, 2008:D1.
This article reports on health insurance companies adopting the tactic of not paying for preventable errors, which parallels a similar federal decision.
Kowalczyk L. Boston Globe. October 31, 2007;Metro section:B1.
This article probes the debate between Massachusetts patient safety leaders and trial lawyers over a potential statute that would make a physician's acknowledgement of error inadmissible in court.
Lerner M. Star Tribune. September 18, 2007;News section:5B.
This article reports on Minnesota's adoption of a policy for hospitals to not charge patients or insurers for never events or consequent treatment.
Kowalczyk L. Boston Globe. September 17, 2007;Metro section:1A.
This article reports on how numerous Massachusetts hospitals have implemented policies to waive charges for the set of serious errors categorized as never events.
Graham J. Chicago Tribune. August 21, 2007;Metro section:1.
This article discusses a new Illinois state law that requires hospitals to screen all intensive care patients for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections and to isolate infected patients.
Pear R. New York Times. August 19, 2007.
This article reports on a new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rule mandating that Medicare will no longer pay for treating certain preventable errors starting in 2008, including some hospital-acquired infections, decubitus ulcers, and retained foreign bodies. The policy is generating considerable discussion in patient safety circles, with some expressing concerns regarding the economic impact on hospitals and the increased efforts it is likely to create for hospitals to document certain patient problems present at the time of admission.