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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.
Miller R. News-Times. July 25, 2012.
This newspaper article details the complications and errors a patient experienced following a routine surgery.
Joint Commission: The Source. January 2012;10:5-6.
This piece recommends tactics to ensure medications, medication containers, and other solutions are correctly labeled in compliance with the 2012 National Patient Safety Goals.
Shelton DL. Chicago Tribune. October 7, 2011.
Reporting on a fatal medical error, this article describes how the family became involved with patient safety, serving on an advisory council at the hospital where it occurred.
Hamill SD. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. July 10, 2011:A6.
This newspaper article reports how a missed test result alert led to a disease-free transplant patient being infected with hepatitis.
Colliver V. San Francisco Chronicle. June 2, 2010;A1.
This newspaper article details the incidence of retained foreign objects after surgery in California hospitals and explains how fines collected by the state will be used to drive improvement efforts.
Rojas-Burke J. The Oregonian. May 8, 2010.
This newspaper article describes how lessons from the Keystone ICU Project have reduced central line infections in Oregon hospitals.
May H. Salt Lake Tribune. June 26, 2009.
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.
Allen M. Las Vegas Sun. March 2, 2008.
This article and accompanying video describe how investigators determined the root causes and source of a hepatitis outbreak in Nevada—one clinic's unsafe injection practices.
Kowalczyk L. The Boston Globe. December 22, 2005.
This article reports on several hospitals in Massachusetts that continue to perform obesity surgeries, despite falling short of the recommended number of operations per year to meet voluntary patient safety guidelines.
Saving lives: hospitals have signed on to a six-part plan to avoid a multitude of unnecessary deaths.
Comarow A. US News & World Report. July 18, 2005;139:74,76,79.
This article, accompanying the widely read ranking of "America's Best Hospitals," describes the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's 100,000 Lives Campaign. Focusing on the six practices promoted by the campaign, it reviews the progress to date, with a particular focus on two participating hospitals' (Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey and McLeod Regional Medical Center in South Carolina) experiences in implementing the practices.