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Blum A. Business Week. August 15, 2006.
This article discusses how hospital design, including standardized operating rooms, better ventilation systems, and green design can improve patient safety and decrease costs.
King K. Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal. April 15, 2005: In Depth: Structures section.
The vice president of facilities at El Camino Hospital discusses the opportunity for building a facility that will improve patient care and employee productivity.
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.
Brouillette M. MIT Technol Rev. April 27, 2017.
Couch C. Fast Company. April 3, 2017.
Hunt JM, Sine DM. Patient Saf Qual Healthc. May/June 2016;13:20-28.
Design is emerging as an important tactic to augment safe care delivery. Hospitals that provide care for psychiatric patients must make unique considerations to protect this vulnerable population from harming themselves and other individuals that come into contact with them. This magazine article provides recommendations for hospitals to enhance room and fixture designs to reduce risks for mental health patients.
Landro L. Wall Street Journal. January 4, 2016.
Alert fatigue is a well-known problem in hospitals. This newspaper article reports on efforts to reduce unnecessary alarms in hospitals to prevent staff from overlooking critical alerts. Highlighting strategies such as using secondary notification systems and recalibrating alerts according to the severity of physiologic change, the article also describes organizational guidelines to improve alarm safety. A recent WebM&M commentary explored how alarm fatigue can result in patient harm.
McFarling UL. STAT. September 7, 2016.
Intensive care units (ICUs) are complex environments that harbor various challenges to safe care delivery. Reporting on alarm fatigue and insufficient interoperability between devices in ICUs, this news article describes solutions to address data overload and highlights the efforts of several hospitals working toward developing ICUs that are more respectful of patients and the clinical teams caring for them.
Eagle A. Hosp Health Netw. October 14, 2014.
Addis LM, Cadet VN, Graham KC. Patient Saf Qual Healthc. May/June 2014.
Jaffe E. Fast Company. November 11, 2013.
This article reports on a British initiative that studied health care processes for the purpose of designing devices to prevent medical errors.
Sloane T. Hosp Health Networks. October 2013;87:34-38.
Trossman S. Am Nurse. Sept/Oct 2013;45:1,6-7.
This article reports on the widespread issue of alarm fatigue and describes strategies to manage alarms and improve safety.
Drawn curtains, muted alarms, and diverted attention lead to tragedy in the postanesthesia care unit.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. March 21, 2013;18:1-3.
This newsletter article discusses factors that contributed to the death of a patient in an ambulatory surgery center and recommends improved monitoring practices and alarm management in post-anesthesia care units.
Feil M. PA-PSRS Patient Saf Advis. March 2013;10:1-10.
Analyzing data submitted to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System, this piece outlines the types of distractions that contribute to medical errors and recommends strategies to mitigate them.
Mitchell R. Kaiser Health News and Fast Company. November 26, 2012.
This news article highlights how hospital design can help reduce infection rates, shorten length of stay, and improve patient safety.
Welch J. Patient Saf Qual Healthc. May/June 2012;9:26-29,32-33.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. February 23, 2012;17:1,3-4.
This newsletter piece reviews smart infusion pump errors and makes recommendations to prevent them.
Institute for Safe Medication Practices. Pharmacy Practice News. October 2011:7-14.
This news article reviews actual and potential medication errors submitted to the Institute for Safe Medication Practices in 2010 and provides recommendations to address them.
ISMP Canada Safety Bulletin. July 31, 2011;11:1-2.
This announcement reports on mistaken intravenous administration of breast milk and provides recommendations to prevent parenteral administration of enteral nutrition.