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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.
Journal Article > Study
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.
Journal Article > Commentary
Mark SM, Weber RJ. Hosp Pharm. 2007;42:249–254.
Building on part one of this series, the authors discuss targeting and prioritizing improvement efforts in medication safety programs and share an example of a successful program.