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National Quality Forum.
Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine.
FDA identifies harm reported from sudden discontinuation of opioid pain medicines and requires label changes to guide prescribers on gradual, individualized tapering.
Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; April 9, 2019.
Efforts to address the opioid epidemic range from regulation to changes in pain management. This safety announcement raises awareness of potential harms associated with rapidly decreasing the dose of or discontinuing opioids for patients who may be physically dependent on the medication. It also announces a requirement regarding changes to prescribing information for opioids to provide expanded guidance on how to safely taper doses. Health care providers should discuss tapering plans with patients and provide ongoing monitoring and support.
Joint Commission. March 25, 2019.
The Eisenberg Award honors individuals and organizations who have made unique and sustained contributions to the work of patient safety and quality improvement. The 2018 honorees are Dr. Brent C. James; The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Chicago, Illinois; and BJC HealthCare, St. Louis, Missouri. The awards were presented at the National Quality Forum annual conference on March 25, 2019 in Washington, DC.
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.
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.
Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health IT and EHRs.
Washington, DC: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology; November 28, 2018.
Clinician burnout is a persistent threat to patient safety, and electronic health records have been identified as a high-profile contributor to the problem. This call for public comments on a draft report seeks insights on specific goals and recommended strategies to address the issue. The approaches outlined focus on reducing the time burden associated with frontline electronic health record use. The option for submitting comments is closed.
FDA Safety Communication: use caution with implanted pumps for intrathecal administration of medicines for pain management.
MedWatch Safety Alert. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; November 14, 2018.
This safety announcement raises awareness of pump failures, dosing errors, and other potential safety issues associated with implanted pumps. Recommendations to enhance safety include review of medication labeling to select appropriate medicines and concentrations as well as open discussions with patients about risks associated with pump and medication options.
Palo Alto, CA: Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation; November 1, 2018.
Missed or delayed diagnoses lead to delays in care and significant preventable harm for patients. Despite an increasing focus on diagnostic error, accurate measurement and implementation of effective strategies for mitigating its adverse effects remain challenging. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation recently announced a new $85 million initiative focused on diagnostic excellence that takes into account health care costs, timeliness, and individual patient needs. This initiative will focus on three clinical areas including cancer, infections, and cardiovascular events. Through this funding, the foundation hopes to stimulate novel approaches to measuring diagnostic performance and plans to assess the effectiveness of new technologies in improving the diagnostic process. A PSNet perspective highlighted ongoing challenges related to diagnostic error.
Canadian Patient Safety Institute.
Differences in strength expression on product labels of compounders and conventional manufacturers may lead to dosing errors.
Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; September 29, 2018.
Washington DC: National Academy of Medicine and the Aspen Institute.
Despite increased awareness regarding the public health impacts of opioid misuse and overdose in the United States, the complexity of the problem has hindered the effectiveness of improvement efforts. This website highlights the work of a multiorganizational collaborative to explore systemic solutions to address the opioid crisis. An Annual Perspective discussed the impact of the opioid epidemic on patient safety.
Institute for Safe Medication Practices.
Horsham, PA: Institute for Safe Medication Practices; 2018.
Results from this survey will inform the revision of a high-alert medication list used to raise awareness about drugs that have heightened potential to cause patient harm if used incorrectly.
Safe handling of concentrated electrolyte products from outsourcing facilities during critical drug shortages.
National Alert Network. Horsham, PA: Institute for Safe Medication Practices; Bethesda, MD: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. May 24, 2018.
Drug shortages can necessitate hospitals to find alternative sources for important medications. This alert raises awareness of risks associated with potassium chloride use due to variations in labeling, packaging, or concentration of outsourced medications. Recommendations include use of barcode scanning and communicating with staff regarding drug shortages.
Bethesda, MD: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health. May 21, 2018. PA-18-790; PA-18-791.
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices.
Structured interaction with a wide variety of experts and environments enables medication safety improvement. This 2-week educational program provides international clinicians with the opportunity to work with leaders based in the United States to engage in incident analysis, project design, and strategic planning to enhance medication safety efforts in their home countries.
Food and Drug Administration, Institute for Safe Medication Practices.
This fellowship program provides clinicians with learning opportunities at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices and the US Food and Drug Administration. The appointment consists of a pair of successive 6-month positions designed to provide experience in both system improvement and regulatory approaches to enhance medication safety. The process for submitting applications is now closed.
Joint Commission. March 12, 2018.
The Eisenberg Award honors individuals and organizations who have made unique and sustained contributions to the work of patient safety and quality improvement. The 2017 honorees are Dr. Thomas Gallagher; Children's Hospitals' Solutions for Patient Safety; and LifePoint Health's National Quality Program, Brentwood, Tennessee. The awards were presented at the National Quality Forum annual conference on March 12, 2018 in Washington, DC.
Institute for Safe Medication Practices.