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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.
Frampton S, Guastello S, Brady C, et al. Derby, CT: Planetree; Camden, ME: Picker Institute; 2008.
This guide contains comprehensive information about best practices and implementation tools to help health care facilities build a culture of patient-centered care.
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Cumbler E, Wald H, Kutner J. J Hosp Med. 2010;5-83-86.
The Joint Commission requires that hospitals encourage patients' involvement in their own safety as one of the National Patient Safety Goals. Although patients have expressed concerns about being perceived as challenging their physicians if they ask questions regarding their care, prior research has shown that patients are willing to ask questions about their medications. However, this cross-sectional study showed that hospitalized patients are often unaware of their medications, with patients overall being able to name fewer than half of their medications correctly. Engaging patients in safety efforts may therefore require intensive educational efforts and improved communication as well as encouraging a culture of safety.
Oakbrook Terrace, IL: The Joint Commission; November 2008.
The quality of care delivered at US hospitals continues to improve, according to data gathered by the Joint Commission from nearly 1,500 institutions. Hospitals improved their provision of evidence-based care for patients with heart attacks, congestive heart failure, and pneumonia, and also improved at prevention of health care–associated infections in surgical patients. As in the 2007 report, adherence to the National Patient Safety Goals was more mixed. Although performance improved in some areas (including medication reconciliation and eliminating "do not use" abbreviations), many hospitals do not systematically perform time outs prior to procedures, or have reliable mechanisms for communicating critical test results.