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Aleccia J. Seattle Times. June 18, 2016.
Patients who experience harm while receiving medical care can serve as powerful advocates for patient safety. This news article reports on a patient who became engaged in working to redesign processes to improve patient safety after he became paralyzed from the chest down due to a cascade of communication errors.
Sanders L. New York Times Magazine. March 18, 2012.
This interactive magazine feature takes readers through the decision-making process in a case involving diagnostic error.
Perspectives on Safety > Interview
The Role of the Media in Patient Safety, October 2009
Charles Ornstein is a senior reporter at ProPublica, a nonprofit news organization in New York. Formerly with the Los Angeles Times, he co-wrote a series of articles about medical errors at Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center, which closed in 2007; the series earned the newspaper a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. He is also the president of the Association of Health Care Journalists. We asked him to speak with us about the role of the media in patient safety. This interview was conducted while he was still at the Times.
Hixenbaugh M, Ornstein C. Houston Chronicle and Propublica.
This news investigation chronicles a series of incidents in a transplant program that resulted in patient harm. The systemic nature of the problems such as insufficient whistleblower protection, accountability, and follow-up on patient concerns culminated in a change of hospital leadership. A previous PSNet interview with Charles Ornstein discussed the role of media in raising awareness of patient safety issues.
Kowalczyk L. Boston Globe. August 14, 2016.
Certain elements of the ambulatory surgery environment can increase risk of adverse events. Reporting on a series of patient injuries linked to a contracted anesthesiologist at a cataract surgery center, this news article describes how factors such as production pressure and insufficient assessment of contract anesthesiologists' qualifications can contribute to adverse events in outpatient surgery.
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.
Koba M. Fortune. January 6, 2015.
Dunklin R, Thompson S. Dallas Morning News. December 6, 2014.
This news article reports on the widely publicized delayed diagnosis of Ebola at a Dallas hospital and reveals previously undisclosed details from the emergency room physician who misdiagnosed the patient when he first presented, including information and communication gaps that may have contributed to the failure.
Journal Article > Review
Wu AW, Kavanagh KT, Pronovost PJ, Bates DW. J Patient Saf. 2014;10:181-185.
In light of an unreported conflict of interest that might have affected recommendations for chlorhexidine use to reduce risk of central line–associated infections, this review examines articles written or coauthored by Dr. Charles Denham to determine whether undeclared conflicts of interest could have influenced conclusions, selections, and recommendations in published research. The authors emphasize the need to identify and address conflicts of interest and outline strategies to reduce risk of undisclosed conflicts which may in turn affect validity of published evidence.
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.
Gubar S. New York Times. October 30, 2014.
This newspaper article describes how surgical complications, health care–associated infections, and ineffective patient–provider communication contributed to a patient's experience with harm and suggests that transparency around the incident and preoperative patient briefings could have improved the situation.
Loftis RL. Dallas Morning News. October 5, 2014.
Guidelines and rules are developed to help augment safety, but they cannot guarantee it. This news article explores the potential causes for a missed diagnosis of Ebola despite screening procedures for the virus, including weaknesses in an electronic health record system, complacency, and poor communication.
Kowalczyk L. Boston Globe. August 31, 2014.
Reporting on an incident involving administration of an inappropriate dye which led to a patient's death, this newspaper article reveals how cognitive biases may have played a role and steps the hospital took to prevent similar errors. Six Massachusetts hospitals have launched a pilot program for early apology and resolution in an effort to enhance patient satisfaction and safety.
Sathya C. CNN. August 22, 2014
This news article reports on the development a surgical black box, which includes using cameras and microphones to record procedures, as a way to track weaknesses in techniques and processes while providing real-time feedback to surgeons and enabling timely intervention to reduce complications in surgery.
Flatten M. Washington Examiner. August 18–22, 2014.
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.
Stolberg SG. New York Times. July 25, 2014.
Shaw G. Hearing J. July 2014;67:11,14-16.
Boodman SG, Kaiser Health News. Washington Post. May 19, 2014.