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Wiley F. Drug Topics. August 2019;1633:16-18.
High-alert medications have the potential to cause serious patient harm if not administered correctly. Reporting on challenges to medication safety in the context of home, hospital, and cancer care, this news article recommends patient and health care professional education and support for collaboration with pharmacists as avenues for improvement.
Palmer J. Patient Saf Qual Healthc. May/June 2019.
Organizations must learn from adverse events to prevent similar incidents. Reporting on lessons to be learned from the cascade of failures connected with the preventable death of a patient during an acute asthma attack at the door of a hospital emergency department, this magazine article outlines the importance of effective signage, appropriate security staff placement, and acceptance of the responsibility for failure.
Frakt A. New York Times. April 29, 2019.
Health care providers are a known source of potentially harmful bacteria due to their perpetual interaction with germs during practice. This newspaper article reports on how clinician attire, stethoscopes, and technology can be contaminated with bacteria. Hand sanitizer placement, sleeve length, and laundering behaviors can reduce transmission of pathogens.
O'Rourke M. The Atlantic. September 2019.
Rau J. Kaiser Health News. December 3, 2018.
Beck DL. ASH Clinical News. December 1, 2018.
Mohr H, Weiss M. Associated Press. November 27, 2018.
Simmons-Ritchie D. Penn Live. November 15, 2018.
Nursing home patients are vulnerable to preventable harm due to poor safety culture, insufficient staffing levels, lack of regulation enforcement, and misaligned financial incentives. This news investigation reports on how poor practices resulted in resident harm in Pennsylvania nursing homes and discusses strategies for improvement, such as enhancing investigation processes.
Schulte F, Lucas E, Mahr J. Kaiser Health News and Chicago Tribune. September 5, 2018.
Sepsis is a serious condition that can be fatal if it is not promptly diagnosed and treated. This news article reports on systemic factors in nursing homes such as poor staffing and communication with families that contribute to unmanaged pressure ulcers and sepsis that result in hospital admissions and death. A WebM&M commentary discussed a case involving a patient who had a pressure ulcer and sepsis in long-term care.
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.
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.
Boodman SG. Washington Post. December 9, 2017.
The prevalence of polypharmacy among older patients represents an important concern for health care safety, as unneeded medications can contribute to patient harm. This newspaper article reports on several strategies to reduce inappropriate medication use in older patients, including desprescribing and brown bag medication review.
Quick Safety. October 16, 2017;(37):1-3.
Abbasi J. JAMA. 2017;318:506-508.
Rau J. Kaiser Health News. July 6, 2017.
System failures contribute to recurring problems in health care environments. This news article spotlights how lack of follow-up or action related to inspection reports that have uncovered factors in long-term care facilities that contribute to inadequate care can enable poorly performing nursing homes to remain in operation.
Jewett C. Kaiser Health News. May 9, 2017.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services decision to withhold payment for certain hospital-acquired conditions has prompted widespread efforts to prevent such events. This news article reports on an evaluation by the Office of Inspector General that found regulator review of hospital-acquired infection reports submitted to Medicare to be insufficient, which hinders hospitals' ability to learn from factors that contribute to infections.
Dwyer J. New York Times. April 13, 2017.
Levine H. Consum Rep. 2017 Jan;82:32-40.
Hospital rating systems have yet to receive approval across the health care industry, but they still serve as a way for consumers to select hospitals and providers. This news article reports on publicly available data for central line infections in hospitals across the United States and spotlights checklists as a strategy that contributes to improvement. The article also ranks teaching hospitals based on their performance at preventing central line infections.
Howard J. CNN. October 31, 2016.
Although genetic testing can provide proactive assessment for disease, it can also result in unnecessary care. This news article reports on the unexpected death of a child and how the family experienced psychological harm and received unnecessary care due to misdiagnosis related to false positive test results for long QT syndrome.