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Beating the weekend trend: increased mortality in older adult traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients admitted on weekends.
Schneider EB, Hirani SA, Hambridge HL, et al. J Surg Res. 2012;177:295-300.
Being admitted to the hospital on a weekend is potentially dangerous, as studies have shown that preventable complications and mortality are increased across a range of common diagnoses for weekend admissions compared with weekdays. One exception appears to be trauma, as a prior study found equal outcomes in patients with traumatic injuries regardless of the day of admission, a finding ascribed to the protocolized and closely supervised nature of trauma care. However, this study of older adults admitted with traumatic brain injury did find increased mortality for those patients admitted on the weekend, despite the fact that patients admitted on the weekend were less severely injured. A limitation of this study is that the authors were not able to analyze outcomes for patients cared for at specialized trauma centers. Nevertheless, the study adds to the considerable body of research documenting the dangers of weekend hospital admission.
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Utter GH, Zrelak PA, Baron R, et al. Ann Surg. 2009;250:1041-1045.
The AHRQ Patient Safety Indicator accurately identified accidental injuries due to medical care, but many cases identified were clinically inconsequential.
Fillo KT. Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality, Department of Public Health. Boston, MA: Commonwealth of Massachusetts; July 2018.
This report compiles patient safety data documented by Massachusetts hospitals. The latest numbers represent a modest decrease in serious reportable events recorded in acute care hospitals, from 1012 the previous year to 922. This presentation also includes events from ambulatory surgery centers. Previous years reports are also available.
Inflammation and the Host Response to Injury, a Large-Scale Collaborative Project: patient-oriented research core—standard operating procedures for clinical care. II. Guidelines for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) in the trauma patient.
Minei JP, Nathens AB, West M, et al. J Trauma. 2006;60:1106-1113.
The investigators used existing data and guidelines to develop this standard operating procedure for the diagnosis and treatment of ventilator-associated pneumonia.
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McKeesport, PA: University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences.
A collection of three educational modules that address key areas of concern in patient safety. These include protecting patients from hospital-acquired infection, minimizing falls and confusion, and emphasizing the value of providers calling for help early when needed. The organization was recognized for this work with the John Eisenberg award in 2004.