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ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. May 19, 2016;21:1-4.
Rice S. Mod Healthc. 2014;44:16-18, 20.
Language barriers can lead to misunderstandings that increase risks of error. This magazine article highlights the frequent reliance on families, friends, and other nonprofessionals as translators in medical settings and discusses how lack of standards and insufficient reporting of errors related to interpreters, along with challenges to implementing programs, hinder progress in improving communication with non-English speaking patients.
Santell JP. Drug Topics (Health-System Edition). May 22, 2006.
This article reports on errors involving neuromuscular blocking agents (NMBAs) that were reported to Medmarx database, what factors contributed to those errors, and what can be done to minimize their occurrence.
van der Grinten P. Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare. May/June 2006;3:46-48.
This article reports on how regional health information organizations (RHIOs) increase access to patient information and benefit patient safety.
Weber T, Ornstein C. Los Angeles Times. April 12, 2005.
This article reports on a death that occurred at the Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center after a patient's deteriorating vitals signs went unnoticed.
Schulte F, Fry E. Kaiser Health News, Fortune Magazine. March 18, 2019.
Despite years of investment and government support, electronic health records (EHR) continue to face challenges as a patient safety strategy. This news article outlines the unintended consequences of EHR implementation, including patient harm linked to software glitches and user errors, fraudulent behavior (upcoding), interoperability problems, clinician burnout due to poorly designed digital health records, and lack of industry transparency.
Dickson EJ. Rolling Stone. March 9, 2019.
Unintended consequences of restrictions enacted to combat the opioid crisis are a concern for patients and prescribers. This magazine article reports on an effort to raise awareness of the potential for patient harm due to lack of legitimate access to opioids for chronic pain as a result of the 2016 CDC opioid prescribing guidelines.
Safety enhancements every hospital must consider in wake of another tragic neuromuscular blocker event.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. January 17, 2019;24.
This newsletter article reports on the findings of a government investigation into the death of a patient during a positron emission tomography scan. A neuromuscular blocking agent was mistakenly administered instead of an anti-anxiety medication with a similar name. The investigation determined various individual and system failures that contributed to the incident, such as misuse of automated dispensing cabinets, wrong picklist medication selection, workarounds of override protections, and lack of patient monitoring. Recommendations for preventing similar incidents include use of barcoding verification, automated dispensing cabinet stocking changes, and labeling improvements.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. November 29, 2018;23:1-6.
Look-alike and sound-alike medications present a recurring threat to patient safety. This newsletter article summarizes an analysis of reported drug name confusion errors. Although incidents seem to have decreased over time, the influx of generic drug names is contributing to the persistence of the problem. Increased federal attention to the issue, provider use of known strategies to improve practice, and pharmaceutical company testing of names to avoid similarities can help reduce drug name confusion.
Mohr H, Weiss M. Associated Press. November 27, 2018.
DeMarco P. Globe Magazine. November 3, 2018.
This magazine article reports on the preventable death of a patient during an acute asthma attack. Written by the patient's husband, the article outlines the failures that led to her death despite the fact that she was at the door of a hospital emergency department and on the phone with an emergency dispatcher. Factors discussed include overreliance on poorly functioning technology, communication failures, and lack of fail-safes.
Gawande A. New Yorker. November 12, 2018.
In this magazine article, Atul Gawande describes a range of frustrations physicians experience as digitization becomes more widespread in health care. He elaborates upon several elements of electronic health record use that can degrade care processes and create conditions for errors, such as burnout, lack of patient-centeredness, and alert fatigue.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. November 1, 2018;23:1-5. November 15, 2018;23:1-5.
Errors in the administration of intravenous medications can result in patient harm. This set of articles discusses the results of a nationwide IV push medication survey. The first article reviews unsafe practices in care delivery as defined by inpatient clinicians. The second article recommends ways to improve practice such as assessment of current practices, use of prefilled syringes, and heightened attention to effective labeling.
Quick Safety. October 1, 2018;(45):1-2.
This newsletter article reviews common problems related to patient identification and recommends strategies to ensure verification actions are a part of daily practice. Highlighted suggestions focus on system-level approaches that reduce the potential for incorrect patient data to be entered and proliferate, such as use of frontline confirmation processes and duplicate record monitoring. A WebM&M commentary discussed an incident involving a wrong-patient order in an electronic record system.
Lewis M. Nautilus. February 9, 2017.
Physicians' decision-making can be diminished when they are tired, distracted, or too narrowly task-focused. This article discusses cognitive biases and other limitations that affect physicians' ability to process information effectively and explores how these factors can contribute to uncertainty and clinical misjudgment.
Landro L. Wall Street Journal. August. 8, 2016.
First-year residents may be reluctant to ask for assistance due to factors such as peer pressure to demonstrate competency. This newspaper article reports on one hospital's strategy to enhance communication among residents and attendings, which encourages residents to ask questions of senior clinicians who are coached to welcome learning conversations.
Rosen AK, Chen Q. National Quality Measures Clearinghouse: Expert Commentaries; June 13, 2016.
The current measures designed to enable transparency and accountability are falling short of helping to reach those goals. This article discusses weaknesses in the existing metrics used to track patient safety improvement. Factors contributing to the problem include the myriad of measure sets, reliance on retrospective data collection and analysis, and gaps due to inconsistent methods of engaging patients and families in reporting safety-related events.
Hunt JM, Sine DM. Patient Saf Qual Healthc. May/June 2016;13:20-28.
Design is emerging as an important tactic to augment safe care delivery. Hospitals that provide care for psychiatric patients must make unique considerations to protect this vulnerable population from harming themselves and other individuals that come into contact with them. This magazine article provides recommendations for hospitals to enhance room and fixture designs to reduce risks for mental health patients.
Robbins A. Good Housekeeping. May 20, 2016.
Disruptive behaviors are receiving increased attention as a cultural factor that contributes to medical error. Although much of the focus has been on physicians, the presence of bullying among nurses is also a concern. This magazine article explores nurse behaviors such as withholding information, intimidation, and name calling that negatively affect patient safety and nurse retention.
Olson J. Star Tribune. February 9, 2015.