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Jha AK, Iliff AR, Chaoui AA, Defossez S, Bombaugh MC, Miller YA. Waltham, MA: Massachusetts Medical Society, Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Harvard Global Health Institute; 2019.
Clinician well-being affects the safety of the care environment. This publication suggests that the ramifications of physician burnout are a public health concern. The report provides an overview of the burnout crisis and recommends strategies to address the problem, including mental health initiatives, electronic health record enhancements, and appointment of chief wellness officers.
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Patient safety incidents associated with obesity: a review of reports to the National Patient Safety Agency and recommendations for hospital practice.
Booth CM, Moore CE, Eddleston J, Sharman M, Atkinson D, Moore JA. Postgrad Med J. 2011;87:694-699.
The obesity epidemic is considered an urgent public health issue in Europe and the United States. Although morbidly obese patients are prone to a variety of medical issues, no study to date has evaluated patient safety risks in this population. This retrospective analysis of errors voluntarily reported to the United Kingdom's National Patient Safety Agency documents more than 380 errors and near misses in which obesity was considered a contributing factor. The majority of errors were partly attributable to inadequate equipment for caring for such patients, particularly in the surgical and critical care environments. Based on these data, the authors advocate for multidisciplinary approaches to systematizing care for morbidly obese patients. The challenges of caring for obese patients are discussed in an AHRQ WebM&M commentary, which examined a case of an ultimately fatal delayed diagnosis in a morbidly obese woman.
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Dallas, TX: American College of Emergency Physicians.
This Web site provides access to emergency medical services evaluations in four categories: access, quality and patient safety, public health and prevention, and medical liability environment. The site also offers an interactive map of the nation, with detailed information and a "grade" for each state.
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Microbiological evaluation of two hand hygiene procedures achieved by healthcare workers during routine patient care: a randomized study.
Kac G, Podglajen I, Gueneret M, Vaupré S, Bissery A, Meyer G. J Hosp Infect. 2005;60:32-39.
This study compared hand rubbing with an alcohol-based solution and traditional hand washing to determine risk factors for contamination. Results demonstrated greater efficacy with hand rubbing and decreased risk for transient pathogens with the use of gloves.