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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.
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.
Bernhard B, Kohler J. St. Louis Post-Dispatch. August 1, 2010:A1
In the context of system failures that contributed to the death of a patient, this newspaper article describes how never events are rarely publicized, even though hospital inspection reports are public records.
Journal Article > Commentary
Dekker S. J Law Med Ethics. 2007;35:463-470.
The author analyzes one Swedish medication error incident that resulted in criminal charges against the nurse involved and discusses how the media contorted the assignment of blame for the failure.