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- Medication Errors/Preventable Adverse Drug Events 7
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Frakt A. New York Times. July 11, 2016.
Patients are increasingly using online symptom checkers for medical information and health care recommendations. This newspaper article reports on various health information applications that provide triage advice to patients and points out that physicians have significantly lower rates of diagnostic errors.
Landro L. Wall Street Journal. May 9, 2016.
Closed claims have been considered a source for adverse event data for years, and recently such data has been utilized to inform safety improvement work. This newspaper article reviews several organizational efforts that use claims data to determine factors that contribute to failure and strategies to address them, including process redesign and enhanced patient education.
Rau J. Washington Post. April 29, 2016.
Transitions in care between inpatient and outpatient settings are an increasing concern for patient safety. Reporting on a fatal medication error that was missed by a patient's pharmacist and home health nurses, this newspaper article discusses various risks associated with hospital-to-home transitions such as insufficient case management and communication.
Journal Article > Review
Systematic review on the prevalence, frequency and comparative value of adverse events data in social media.
Golder S, Norman G, Loke YK. Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2015;80:878-888.
Medication errors are common in the outpatient setting and frequently lead to emergency department visits and hospital admissions. The growth in social media use potentially provides a way to identify safety hazards quickly. This systematic review sought to examine whether social media could provide unique insights into safety issues compared to standard methods of detecting safety hazards. The included studies searched a variety of social media sites (e.g., Twitter, YouTube, and discussion forums) and found that a large number of adverse events are discussed in real time. Most of these events tended to be mild, such as symptoms or asymptomatic lab test abnormalities. Serious adverse events, those requiring urgent treatment or hospitalization, were relatively underrepresented. Although searching social media may help identify unique safety hazards, the investigators concluded that current evidence is insufficient to determine whether routine analysis of social media is of added benefit to traditional surveillance methods.
Suares W. FOX 25 KOKH-TV. July 30, 2014.
This video news segment reports how incorrect medications can be dispensed from pharmacies, notes a lack of regulation mandating that pharmacy errors are reported, and offers tips for patients to reduce risks.
Boodman SG, Kaiser Health News. Washington Post. May 19, 2014.
Rabin RC, Kaiser Health News. Washington Post. March 31, 2014.
This newspaper article reports on factors contributing to physician burnout and describes obstacles to resolving it. Burnout in the primary care setting was often related to business aspects such as insurance payments, managing staff, and increased oversight. Physician happiness was found to be tied to patient satisfaction, and electronic medical record use was perceived to impede meaningful interaction.
Consumer Reports on Health. November 2013;25:6-7.
Glass I, Cole S. This American Life. WBEZ Chicago. September 20, 2013.
Eisler P, Hansen B. USA Today. August 20, 2013.
This newspaper article reports on physicians with records of misconduct and how poor oversight for monitoring and discipline allows them to continue practicing medicine.
Jain M. Washington Post. May 27, 2013.
McFadden C. ABC News Nightline. March 6, 2013.
Saltzman W. ABC/WPVI. February 5, 2013.
Ackerman T. Houston Chronicle. November 23, 2012.
This newspaper article describes challenges that may precipitate underdiagnosis or misdiagnosis of Alzheimer disease and conditions with similar presenting symptoms.
Cohen E. CNN. October 15, 2012.
This news piece reports on a patient who may have been misdiagnosed with a stroke after receiving a contaminated steroid injection.
Dwyer J. New York Times. July 11, 2012:A15.
This newspaper article reports on gaps in communication and a missed sepsis diagnosis that led to a patient's death.
LaGrone K. WPTV.com. April 30, 2012.
This news piece discusses pharmacy medication dispensing errors and describes how patients can help prevent them.
Hughes J. BBC News. August 12, 2010.
This article reveals how the majority of hospitals have not acted on British National Health Services (NHS) safety alerts.
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Sumant Ranji, MD; April 2008
A woman with symptoms of sinusitis was given 2 different courses of broad-spectrum antibiotics, neither of which improved her symptoms. Hospitalized for autoimmune hemolysis (presumably from the antibiotic), the patient suffered multiorgan failure and septic shock, and died.
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.