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Appleby J, Lucas E. Kaiser Health News. August 14, 2019.
Appleby J, Lucas E. Kaiser Health News. June 21, 2019.
US Food and Drug Administration. March 8, 2019.
Errors of commission during complex procedures can contribute to patient harm. Drawing from an analysis of medical device reports submitted to the Food and Drug Administration, this announcement seeks to raise awareness of common adverse events associated with surgical staplers and implantable staples. User-related problems include opening of the staple line, misapplied staples, and staple gun difficulties. Recommendations include ensuring availability of various staple sizes and avoiding use of staples on large blood vessels.
Span P. New York Times. February 1, 2019.
Cognitive and functional decline can occur as individuals age. Concerns have been raised regarding the need to assess skills of aging physicians. This newspaper article reports on the implementation of mandatory evaluation programs to assess competencies of older surgeons and the profession's response to them.
FDA Safety Communication: caution when using robotically-assisted surgical devices in women's health including mastectomy and other cancer-related surgeries.
MedWatch Safety Alert. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; February 28, 2019.
This announcement seeks to raise awareness of the potential risks associated with the use of robotic-assisted surgical devices in mastectomies or cancer-related care. Recommendations for patients who may seek to have robotically assisted surgery include asking about their surgeon's experience with these procedures and discussing benefits, risks, and alternatives regarding available treatment options with their health care provider. Suggestions for health care providers include completing specialized training on procedures they perform. A WebM&M commentary described the challenges and benefits associated with robotic surgery.
Biel L. ProPublica. October 2, 2018.
This news article reports on systemic weaknesses that enabled a surgeon with poor skills to continue to perform procedures after numerous surgical errors that resulted in patient harm. A past PSNet perspective explored the risk of recurring medicolegal events among providers who have received unsolicited patient complaints, faced disciplinary actions by medical boards, or accumulated malpractice claims.
Mukherjee S. New York Times Magazine. May 9, 2018.
Checklists can coordinate action and communication to augment safety, but human and system factors may hinder their effectiveness. This magazine article reports on how the checklist phenomenon evolved into a global patient safety effort and spotlights the impact of human behavior on reliable implementation of checklist programs in different care environments.
Baker M. Seattle Times. February 10, 2017.
Reporting on an incident involving a patient who died after a surgery, this news article discusses potential contributing factors in the incident such as concurrent surgeries and failure to consider patient and family concerns. A past WebM&M commentary highlighted the importance of listening to families when they advocate for patients in the hospital.
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.
Whitman E. Mod Healthc. September 25, 2016.
Misidentification of patients can result in problems such as medication administration delays, blood transfusion mismatches, and wrong-patient surgery. This magazine article reviews recent research on this issue and suggests several system approaches for improvement, including the use of patient photos in electronic health records and standardizing patient identification processes.
Abelson J, Staltzman J. Boston Globe. April 13, 2016.
Although scheduling overlapping surgeries may improve operating room efficiency, the practice can diminish patient safety. This newspaper article reports on new standards issued by the American College of Surgeons to reduce risks associated with concurrent surgeries, reviews a previous news investigation into the practice, and includes reactions from clinicians.
Cohen E. CNN. March 24, 2016.
Poor communication regarding medical errors can contribute to patient and family frustration and fear. Reporting on a case involving disclosure of a wrong-site surgery, this news article describes a resolution program to help patients cope after a preventable error. The program includes apology, disclosure, and explanation of what occurred as well as financial compensation.
Rice S. Mod Healthc. January 23, 2016.
Abelson J, Saltzman J, Kowalcyzk L, Allen S. Boston Globe. October 26, 2015.
Scheduling concurrent surgeries can have negative effects on staff and patients. This investigative news article explores the practice of overlapping procedures at a leading hospital, potential risks associated with double-booked cases, lack of transparency with patients involved, as well as the potential impact on patient safety.
Anthes E. Nature. 2015;523:516-518.
Checklists have been advocated as a safety strategy, despite challenges that hinder their success. Reporting on the unmet potential of checklists to reliably improve health care safety, this news article describes how resistance to checklist use, design problems, and implementation factors can limit their effectiveness.
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Wei S, Pierce O, Allen M. ProPublica. July 14, 2015.
Transparency has been advocated as a key element of safe, patient-centered care, but data on individual performance has not been made widely available. This database compiles the death and complication rates of surgeons performing eight specific elective procedures on Medicare patients to provide performance records and enhance patient decision-making when selecting surgeons.
Luthra S. Kaiser Health News. July 14, 2015.
Whitehead N. National Public Radio. June 18, 2015.
Marsh H. New York, NY: Thomas Dunne Books; 2015. ISBN: 9781250065810.
This intensely personal memoir by the famed British neurosurgeon Henry Marsh is no hagiography or recitation of his many accomplishments. Instead, Marsh relates many errors he has committed or witnessed, and the personal toll these errors have taken on his patients and himself. He recreates these stories in vivid detail, acknowledging the effect that his own emotional state had on committing both cognitive and technical errors. Marsh was inspired to write this book in part by reading the work of Daniel Kahneman, the Nobel Prize–winning psychologist whose research established the mechanisms by which humans commit cognitive errors. Along with Atul Gawande's Complications, this book stands as an essential human perspective on error in medicine.
Sternberg S, Dougherty G. US News & World Report. May 18, 2015.