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Inside Canada's secret world of medical error: 'There is a lot of lying, there's a lot of cover-up.'
Blackwell T. National Post. January 16, 2015.
Carville O. The Star. November 14, 2014.
This news article reports on a case involving a patient who was misdiagnosed with terminal cancer and touches on the psychological impact of diagnostic error on the patient and his family. The potential causes of the mistake include laboratory sample confusion and misinterpretation of biopsy results.
Goldman B. "White Coat, Black Art." CBC Radio. October 31, 2014.
This radio segment explores whether sleep deprivation affects the safety of care delivery. Panelists discuss sleep deprivation in health care, the influence of hierarchy and peer behaviors in normalizing fatigue, and the impacts of duty hour limits on patient safety. This contributes to the continuing debate about the benefits of work hour reductions and its potential to detract from residents' competency.
Web Resource > Multi-use Website
Tanya and Phil Barnett.
This Web site includes a video chronicling how an undiagnosed heart condition led to a teenager's death and offers tips for patients to prevent medical errors.
Communication Advisory Committee. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Canadian Patient Safety Institute; 2010. ISBN: 9781926541266
This guideline provides an organizational strategy, flow charts, and a task list to improve internal and external communication following a medical error.
Four Corners. ABC Television. July 3, 2006.
This Web site on an Australian documentary provides links to resources and an online forum discussing patient safety.