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Notice of Intent to Publish Funding Opportunity Announcement to Improve Care Transitions Through the Use of Interoperable Health Information Technology (R01).
Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; January 28, 2019. AHRQ Publication No. NOT-HS-19-009.
The introduction of information technology has transformed health care. This notice of intent from AHRQ announces an upcoming funding opportunity to support research exploring the adoption of interoperable information technologies to improve communication during transitions. The pending funding will help to refine and develop methods to assess implementation success.
FDA Safety Communication: caution when using robotically-assisted surgical devices in women's health including mastectomy and other cancer-related surgeries.
MedWatch Safety Alert. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; February 28, 2019.
This announcement seeks to raise awareness of the potential risks associated with the use of robotic-assisted surgical devices in mastectomies or cancer-related care. Recommendations for patients who may seek to have robotically assisted surgery include asking about their surgeon's experience with these procedures and discussing benefits, risks, and alternatives regarding available treatment options with their health care provider. Suggestions for health care providers include completing specialized training on procedures they perform. A WebM&M commentary described the challenges and benefits associated with robotic surgery.
International Society for Quality in Health Care.
Inspired by the work and leadership of Dr. Lucian Leape, this award is a mentoring program to develop physicians and leaders seeking to translate patient safety theory, clinical practice improvements, and implementation science to health care environments in developing countries. The current application is now closed.
Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health IT and EHRs.
Washington, DC: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology; November 28, 2018.
Clinician burnout is a persistent threat to patient safety, and electronic health records have been identified as a high-profile contributor to the problem. This call for public comments on a draft report seeks insights on specific goals and recommended strategies to address the issue. The approaches outlined focus on reducing the time burden associated with frontline electronic health record use. The option for submitting comments is closed.
FDA Safety Communication: use caution with implanted pumps for intrathecal administration of medicines for pain management.
MedWatch Safety Alert. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; November 14, 2018.
This safety announcement raises awareness of pump failures, dosing errors, and other potential safety issues associated with implanted pumps. Recommendations to enhance safety include review of medication labeling to select appropriate medicines and concentrations as well as open discussions with patients about risks associated with pump and medication options.
Palo Alto, CA: Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation; November 1, 2018.
Missed or delayed diagnoses lead to delays in care and significant preventable harm for patients. Despite an increasing focus on diagnostic error, accurate measurement and implementation of effective strategies for mitigating its adverse effects remain challenging. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation recently announced a new $85 million initiative focused on diagnostic excellence that takes into account health care costs, timeliness, and individual patient needs. This initiative will focus on three clinical areas including cancer, infections, and cardiovascular events. Through this funding, the foundation hopes to stimulate novel approaches to measuring diagnostic performance and plans to assess the effectiveness of new technologies in improving the diagnostic process. A PSNet perspective highlighted ongoing challenges related to diagnostic error.
Canadian Patient Safety Institute.
Differences in strength expression on product labels of compounders and conventional manufacturers may lead to dosing errors.
Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; September 29, 2018.
Washington DC: National Academy of Medicine and the Aspen Institute.
Despite increased awareness regarding the public health impacts of opioid misuse and overdose in the United States, the complexity of the problem has hindered the effectiveness of improvement efforts. This website highlights the work of a multiorganizational collaborative to explore systemic solutions to address the opioid crisis. An Annual Perspective discussed the impact of the opioid epidemic on patient safety.
Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Special Emphasis Notice. August 2, 2018. Publication No. NOT-HS-18-015.
This announcement highlights Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality funding opportunities for health services research to assess local, state, and system-level policy to address the opioid crisis, evaluate interventions to minimize opioid misuse, and understand the rapid increase in opioid-related hospitalizations.
Institute for Safe Medication Practices.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
Preventable patient harm is a global public health concern. This announcement highlights a new partnership initiative co-led by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. The committee was formed in response to a call to coordinate a national plan and set of priorities for patient safety improvement efforts across public health and medical care communities.
Horsham, PA: Institute for Safe Medication Practices; 2018.
Results from this survey will inform the revision of a high-alert medication list used to raise awareness about drugs that have heightened potential to cause patient harm if used incorrectly.
MedWatch Safety Alert. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration. May 29, 2018.
Surgical fires can result in patient harm. This announcement provides information about causes of surgical fires and reviews FDA recommendations to prevent them, such as presurgery fire risk assessment, promoting team communication, and fire management planning. A WebM&M commentary discussed common sources of operating room fires and how to reduce risks.
Safe handling of concentrated electrolyte products from outsourcing facilities during critical drug shortages.
National Alert Network. Horsham, PA: Institute for Safe Medication Practices; Bethesda, MD: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. May 24, 2018.
Drug shortages can necessitate hospitals to find alternative sources for important medications. This alert raises awareness of risks associated with potassium chloride use due to variations in labeling, packaging, or concentration of outsourced medications. Recommendations include use of barcode scanning and communicating with staff regarding drug shortages.
Bethesda, MD: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health. May 21, 2018. PA-18-790; PA-18-791.
Drug Enforcement Administration. April 28, 2018.
Removing unused medications from the home can help prevent accidental exposure to unneeded medications and limit their availability for misuse. This annual program provides patients with an opportunity to discard medications safely. The sponsors also provide education to highlight the importance of appropriate disposal of unused prescription drugs as a medication safety activity.
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices.
Structured interaction with a wide variety of experts and environments enables medication safety improvement. This 2-week educational program provides international clinicians with the opportunity to work with leaders based in the United States to engage in incident analysis, project design, and strategic planning to enhance medication safety efforts in their home countries.
NHS Improvement. London, UK: National Health Service.
Organizational processes to investigate adverse care incidents play an important part in generating the learning needed for improvements. This announcement sought multidisciplinary insights regarding how to revise the Serious Incident Framework (2015), currently used by the National Health Service, to enhance reporting and investigation processes.
Food and Drug Administration, Institute for Safe Medication Practices.
This fellowship program provides clinicians with learning opportunities at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices and the US Food and Drug Administration. The appointment consists of a pair of successive 6-month positions designed to provide experience in both system improvement and regulatory approaches to enhance medication safety. The process for submitting applications is now closed.