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- Culture of Safety 3
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- Error Reporting and Analysis 6
- Human Factors Engineering 3
- Legal and Policy Approaches 6
- Logistical Approaches 1
- Quality Improvement Strategies 12
- Specialization of Care 2
- Technologic Approaches 3
- Diagnostic Errors 2
- Discontinuities, Gaps, and Hand-Off Problems 3
- Identification Errors 2
- Medical Complications 5
- Medication Errors/Preventable Adverse Drug Events 13
- Psychological and Social Complications 2
- Surgical Complications 1
- Surgery 1
- Nursing 2
- Pharmacy 14
- Family Members and Caregivers 3
- Health Care Executives and Administrators 13
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- Nurses 4
- Non-Health Care Professionals 5
- Patients 25
Search results for "North America"
Frakt A. New York Times. April 29, 2019.
Health care providers are a known source of potentially harmful bacteria due to their perpetual interaction with germs during practice. This newspaper article reports on how clinician attire, stethoscopes, and technology can be contaminated with bacteria. Hand sanitizer placement, sleeve length, and laundering behaviors can reduce transmission of pathogens.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. February 28, 2019;24.
Medication warnings inform providers and patients about risks associated with medication use. As with other safety strategies, applying a systems approach to medication warnings can help redirect actions and prevent patient harm. This article describes design, content, and language characteristics of successful medication safety warnings. In addition, specific design and user-centered considerations are included to improve the effectiveness of electronic alerting.
Day passes for vulnerable patients of psychiatric hospitals can have dangerous, even fatal consequences.
Woodruff E. Baltimore Sun. June 9, 2017.
Hobson K. US News News and World Report. September 13, 2016.
Diagnostic error has recently gained recognition as an important patient safety concern. This news article relates the experiences of patients who were misdiagnosed and discusses avenues for improvement such as exploring physician problem-solving behaviors and using trigger tools to detect potential lapses in care.
Selected medication safety risks to manage in 2016 that might otherwise fall off the radar screen—part 1 and part 2.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. January 28, 2016;21:1-4. February 11, 2016;21:1-5.
Frakt A. New York Times. December 7, 2015.
Brody JE. New York Times. November 30, 2015.
Quick Safety. November 30, 2015;(18):1-3.
Karch AM. Am Nurs Today. September 2015;10:18-22.
The complexity of care delivery can hinder the role of nurses in preventing medication errors. This commentary advocates for updating the five rights to consider the patient's role in their medication therapy and to incorporate patient and family education into the process to improve medication safety.
Getting the wrong person's medicine at the pharmacy: easy steps consumers can take to help eliminate these errors.
ISMP Safe Medicine. July/August 2015;13:1-3.
Dispensing errors in the community setting are a frequent source of concern. This newsletter article describes how correctly completed medication orders can inadvertently be given to the wrong patient in the community pharmacy setting and reviews steps patients can take to avoid receiving the incorrect medication.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. February 12, 2015;20:1-5.
Benchmarks tracking a wide spectrum of care activities enable comparison that can drive organizational commitment to improving safety. This newsletter article examines survey responses from nearly 400 hospitals which demonstrated modest progress in implementation of medication safety best practices that recommended strategies to augment safety, such as utilizing metric units as the only scale of measure for patient weight.
ISMP Canada. SafeMedicationUse Newsletter. December 2, 2014;5:1-2.
This newsletter article describes an incident involving a patient who noticed that the tablets in her prescription refill had a different marking than usual, alerting her that she might have received an incorrect medication which was confirmed by the pharmacist. Tips for patients to avoid medication errors include being familiar with how their medicines look and checking prescriptions before leaving the pharmacy. Practitioners can help prevent these errors by counting and labeling prescriptions one at a time and performing patient consultations.
Teegardin C. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. April 28, 2013.
Landro L. Wall Street Journal. January 17, 2012:D1.
This newspaper article discusses second opinions as a tactic for catching diagnostic errors.
Landro L. Wall Street Journal. June 7, 2011:D3.
Scobie AC, Persaud DD. Patient Saf Qual Healthc. March/April 2010;7:42-47.
This article reviews the literature and describes a framework for patient engagement in safety activities to enable greater patient awareness and participation in error prevention.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. January 14, 2010;15:1-4.
This newsletter article details findings of an ISMP survey on how the economy is affecting patient safety efforts in United States hospitals. Many respondents reported that medication safety initiatives have been scaled back since the economic downturn.
Haiken M. Caring.com. August 17, 2009.
To help consumers use medications safely, this article describes 10 common medication mistakes and provides tips on how effective communication and clarification can prevent them.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. March 12, 2009;14:1-3.
This article provides screening, dosing, and monitoring recommendations for using basal opioid infusions and patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) in patients at risk for developing respiratory depression.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. February 28, 2008;13:1-2.
This article contextualizes a recent news series on medication errors in community pharmacies, identifies important causes of errors not described in the series, and offers a broader perspective on the factors involved in pharmacy errors.