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Panner M. Forbes. August 12, 2019.
Diagnostic errors can result in harm across the spectrum of practice. Discussing cognitive and system factors in radiology that contribute to diagnostic mistakes, this magazine article recommends ways to reduce risk of errors, including peer review of practice, structured reporting, and artificial intelligence–enabled decision support.
Joseph R, Harry E. Medical Economics. June 27, 2019.
Multitasking can negatively affect cognitive load and diminish safety. This magazine article reports on how multitasking can contribute to surgeon fatigue, burnout, and decreased task completion in the perioperative environment. Checklists to automate workflow and limiting the number of patient charts that can be open at one time can help reduce extraneous cognitive load.
Chisholm P. Health Shots. National Public Radio. February 27, 2019.
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.
Dembosky A. All Things Considered and KQED. January 23, 2019.
Policy, practice, and communication strategies have been implemented in an effort to stem the opioid crisis and prescribing activities that contribute to misuse. This news article and accompanying webcast discuss an initiative in California that sends letters to prescribers whose patients have died due to opioid overdose. The piece outlines unintended consequences associated with the practice, including clinician reluctance to prescribe opioids for pain. An Annual Perspective discussed the patient safety aspects of the opioid epidemic.
Beck DL. ASH Clinical News. December 1, 2018.
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.
Parikh R. MIT Technol Rev. October 23, 2018.
Computerized decision support and artificial intelligence (AI) are being utilized to enhance decision-making in health care. This magazine article explains how artificial intelligence presents clinicians with an opportunity to improve practice by reducing cognitive load when determining appropriate diagnoses and treatment decisions.
Peskin SM. New York Times. October 4, 2018.
Error disclosures are difficult but important conversations that can have negative consequences for patients, clinicians, and organizations, even when they are done appropriately. This newspaper article offers insights from a doctor who experienced both sides of disclosure, as a physician disclosing an error and as a patient whose physician missed a complication, and discusses how to manage relationships once clinical mistakes are recognized.
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.
Liberatore K. PA-PSRS Patient Saf Advis. 2018;15(3).
Engaging patients and families in patient safety efforts is a key priority in health care. This poll of patients from Pennsylvania explores actions patients are likely to take to ensure their safe care. The results indicate a strong willingness to ask questions to help patients better understand their care, but patients were uncomfortable with raising concerns if they saw clinician behaviors that diminish safety, such as lack of hand hygiene compliance.
Canadian Medical Protective Association. CMPA Perspective. September 2018;10:8-11.
Frontline leadership should model just culture behaviors to encourage reporting and discussion of error to facilitate improvement. This news article uses a medical administration error to examine whether human error, at-risk behavior, or reckless action on the part of a clinician led to the mistake and explores leadership response to the incident to determine accountability in each type of situation.
Schulte F, Lucas E, Mahr J. Kaiser Health News and Chicago Tribune. September 5, 2018.
Sepsis is a serious condition that can be fatal if it is not promptly diagnosed and treated. This news article reports on systemic factors in nursing homes such as poor staffing and communication with families that contribute to unmanaged pressure ulcers and sepsis that result in hospital admissions and death. A WebM&M commentary discussed a case involving a patient who had a pressure ulcer and sepsis in long-term care.
Howley EK. US News & World Report. September 5, 2018.
Communication failures in health care routinely challenge patient safety. This news article describes characteristics of the hospital environment that affect nurse–physician relationships such as bullying, production pressure, and care complexity. Clarifying team roles and interdisciplinary activities can improve communication in the care environment. Patients are encouraged to have advocates with them to help prevent and address misunderstandings.
Jewett C, Alesia M. Kaiser Health News. August 9, 2018.
High-profile failures during office-based procedures have raised awareness of the potential safety hazards of surgery centers and the need for improved oversight. This news article reports on safety events in ambulatory surgical centers and insufficiencies in incident reporting and analysis. Enhanced transparency regarding those failures can enable informed patient decision-making when choosing care providers.
Arndt RZ. Mod Healthc. July 14, 2018.
Similarities in patient names and clinical situations can result in medical errors. Discussing how digital technologies can exacerbate patient identification problems, this magazine article describes unique elements of information systems that enable mistakes to spread quickly, outlines costs associated with patient mismatches, and recommends improvement strategies such as use of unique patient identifiers. A past WebM&M commentary reviewed an incident involving a patient mix-up.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care. July 12, 2018;23:1-4.
Smart pumps are employed throughout health care, but their design can challenge safety. Reporting results of a national survey, this newsletter article outlines how smart pump data is being used to improve compliance and suggests ways organizations can enhance the value of analytics to inform frontline practice improvement. A previous WebM&M commentary discussed a smart infusion pump error that resulted in patient harm.
R3 Report. June 25, 2018;7:1-2.
Bruley ME, Arnold TV, Finley E, Deutsch ES, Treadwell JR. PA-PSRS Pa Patient Saf Advis. June 2018;15.
Although surgical fires are considered never events, they continue to occur. This article reports findings from an analysis of 28 operating room fire incidents submitted over a 5-year period to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System. Although incidence of surgical fires has significantly decreased since earlier reporting periods, half of the reported events resulted in patient harm. A past WebM&M commentary discussed surgical fires and how to prevent them.
Hoffman RM, Mirarchi FL. PA-PSRS Patient Saf Advis. June 2018;15.
Patient harm associated with advance directive interpretation errors is rare, but these mistakes can have negative psychological consequences for care teams, patients, and families. Discussing research exploring factors that contribute to these misunderstandings, this article recommends actions to help patients articulate end-of-life care preferences and ensure those instructions are accurately shared with their families and the clinical teams acting on their behalf.