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Young A. USA Today. July 27, 2018.
Students have a key role in a culture of safety: analysis of student-associated medication incidents.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. July 26, 2018;23:1-4.
Previous studies have discussed concerns associated with new clinician involvement in care delivery. This data analysis highlights how organizational culture affects student-related errors and summarizes the positive contribution students bring to medication safety, including new perspectives, recently acquired evidence, and a willingness to ask questions.
Arndt RZ. Mod Healthc. July 14, 2018.
Similarities in patient names and clinical situations can result in medical errors. Discussing how digital technologies can exacerbate patient identification problems, this magazine article describes unique elements of information systems that enable mistakes to spread quickly, outlines costs associated with patient mismatches, and recommends improvement strategies such as use of unique patient identifiers. A past WebM&M commentary reviewed an incident involving a patient mix-up.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care. July 12, 2018;23:1-4.
Smart pumps are employed throughout health care, but their design can challenge safety. Reporting results of a national survey, this newsletter article outlines how smart pump data is being used to improve compliance and suggests ways organizations can enhance the value of analytics to inform frontline practice improvement. A previous WebM&M commentary discussed a smart infusion pump error that resulted in patient harm.
Bruley ME, Arnold TV, Finley E, Deutsch ES, Treadwell JR. PA-PSRS Pa Patient Saf Advis. June 2018;15.
Although surgical fires are considered never events, they continue to occur. This article reports findings from an analysis of 28 operating room fire incidents submitted over a 5-year period to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System. Although incidence of surgical fires has significantly decreased since earlier reporting periods, half of the reported events resulted in patient harm. A past WebM&M commentary discussed surgical fires and how to prevent them.
R3 Report. June 25, 2018;7:1-2.
Gale SF. Chief Learning Officer. July/August 2018;17:22-25.
Hoffman RM, Mirarchi FL. PA-PSRS Patient Saf Advis. June 2018;15.
Patient harm associated with advance directive interpretation errors is rare, but these mistakes can have negative psychological consequences for care teams, patients, and families. Discussing research exploring factors that contribute to these misunderstandings, this article recommends actions to help patients articulate end-of-life care preferences and ensure those instructions are accurately shared with their families and the clinical teams acting on their behalf.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. June 14, 2018,23:1-5. June 28, 2018;23:1-4,6,7.
Mistakes in the use of vaccines can have both individual and public health implications. The first article of this series reviews the results from an analysis of reports submitted to a national error reporting system to track vaccine-related errors. The second article offers recommendations to help immunization and vaccination programs address product-, knowledge-, and practice-related factors that contribute to process weaknesses, including training, storage, and labeling strategies.
Rau J. Kaiser Health News. June 13, 2018.
Safety problems are common in nursing homes due to challenges such as poor safety culture, staff burnout, and inappropriate polypharmacy. Describing how medication missteps and communication errors can diminish safety of residential care, this news article discusses system-level incentives that can either contribute to avoidable hospital readmissions of long-term care patients or be employed to improve practice.
The Economist. June 7, 2018.
Artificial intelligence (AI) can improve the timeliness and accuracy of decision making in health care. This magazine article reports on how AI use in medicine can affect diagnosis of cancers, stroke, and cardiac arrhythmia. The piece underscores that though these improvements may look impressive, human knowledge will still be necessary to achieve the full benefit of AI applications for health care improvement.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. May 31, 2018;23:1-4.
Smart pumps offer both benefits and drawbacks that can affect medication safety. This newsletter article explores missteps related to lack of compliance with setting hard stops to protect patients when using unique intravenous medication concentrations. Recommendations to prevent errors include using standardized dosing concentrations as often as possible, adhering to metric unit dosing requirements, and verifying pump programming settings.
Kowalczyk L. Boston Globe. May 27, 2018.
Pediatric patients are particularly vulnerable to medication errors. This news article reports on serious medication errors that occurred at Children's Hospital in 2017, the underlying system failures that contributed to the incidents, and challenges to implementing new policies meant to prevent similar errors.
Headley M. Patient Saf Qual Healthc. May/June 2018.
Clinicians can experience emotional stress, guilt, and insecurity after making a mistake. Organizations are increasingly building programs to enable second victims to return to safe and confident practice. This magazine article highlights factors that contribute to success of second victim support programs, such as an established culture of safety, focus on emotional needs rather than skill assessment, and sustained leadership engagement in the program.
Mukherjee S. New York Times Magazine. May 9, 2018.
Checklists can coordinate action and communication to augment safety, but human and system factors may hinder their effectiveness. This magazine article reports on how the checklist phenomenon evolved into a global patient safety effort and spotlights the impact of human behavior on reliable implementation of checklist programs in different care environments.
Burt A, Volchenboum S. Harv Bus Rev. May 8, 2018.
O'Loughlin E. New York Times. April 30, 2018.
Large-scale adverse events should lead to system examination and improvement. This newspaper article reports on misread cervical cancer tests that resulted in 208 women receiving false negative results over a 4-year period from a publicly funded smear test program in Ireland and the government inquiry launched in response to this large-scale failure.
Porter S. HealthLeaders Media. April 26, 2018.
Overreliance on technology can result in harmful medication mistakes. Reporting on a 10-fold medication overdose that led to the death of a patient with dementia, this news article describes how the hospital changed their processes to improve medication safety, which included restructuring medication safety leadership, modifying the electronic health record to address alert overrides, and enhancing information sharing to support learning and transparency.
Crouch M. Reader's Digest. April 2018.
Involving patients in their care can help improve safety. This magazine article provides 34 tips from leading patient safety experts to assist patients in this role. Tactics include considering a second opinion, bringing an up-to-date medication list, and repeating information back to providers to reduce misunderstandings.
The next generation of doctors may be learning bad habits at teaching hospitals with many safety violations.
Blau M. STAT. April 20, 2018.
The hidden curriculum, staff burnout, and other organizational norms contribute to behaviors that put both care teams and patients at risk. Reporting on clusters of safety violations the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found at teaching hospitals, this news article suggests that trainees who learn in environments where patients receive unsafe care may perpetuate poor practices and reviews how teaching hospitals are working to change behavior and educate trainees about patient safety.