Hospitals Collaborate to Prevent Wrong-Site Surgery
The wrong-site surgery prevention program is one of numerous patient safety initiatives undertaken collaboratively by hospitals in the Greater Philadelphia region since 2006 under the direction of the Partnership for Patient Care (PPC).
Raising SBAR to a Higher Level
P.U.R.E. Conversations in Obstetrics
Despite a widespread effort to improve patient safety in obstetrics, injuries still occur. These injuries can be devastating both to families who sustain them and to the caregivers involved in the actual event.
Prospective Risk Management
Analysis, Evaluation, and Control
The philosophy and requirements of ISO 14971 can be applied more broadly within the healthcare setting.In medical device design and regulation, risk management has been embodied in the ISO 14971 standard: Medical Devices—Application of risk management to medical devices.
Automated Informed Consent
Patients and Institutions Benefit Alike
The process of obtaining informed consent from patients prior to providing certain medical services has evolved gradually over the years.
Inside the AHA’s Product Endorsement Process
Without a doubt, 2010 has proven to be one of the most dynamic years that the healthcare field has seen to date—and more changes are just around the corner. Healthcare reform is shaking up the field, impacting everyone from doctors and patients to hospitals, healthcare facilities, and medical technology vendors.
Using Telehealth to Improve Continuity of Care
As our global population grows older with a higher incidence of chronic conditions, we have an imperative to truly improve quality of care both within and beyond the walls of the hospital while reducing costs.
The Patient Safety Kaleidoscope
I’m increasingly aware that some communities are underrepresented in the patient safety movement. I’ve come to that awareness through various organizations, events, and articles.
For the Sake of Patient Safety, Medical Interpreters Must Be Trained and Tested
Given the amount of education and training that physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals are required to undertake, many Americans would be shocked to find that there is one critical medical job that is completely devoid of any kind of federal oversight, regulation or, until recently, recognized national standards.
Patient Safety and Medical Liability Reform: Putting the Patient First
Recent research shows a significant correlation between the frequency of adverse events and malpractice claims (Greenberg, et al, 2010). Meanwhile, information from patient satisfaction surveys and patient experiences of care have been shown to predict malpractice risk (Fullam, et al, 2009).
Barcoding and Ministry—from Preacher to Barcode Evangelist
Mark Neuenschwander of Bellevue, Washington, is considered by many to be the world’s leading expert in the field of drug dispensing automation and barcode point-of-care systems.
Health IT & Quality
A True Tipping Point?
From the signing of healthcare reform legislation to the release of final rules for “meaningful use,” events in 2010 are driving toward a true transformation in the delivery of healthcare in the United States.
Auto ID Technology
RFID – An Alternative to Barcodes at the Bedside?
Barcoding has become established in several industries as an inexpensive and reliable automatic identification technology that can overcome human error in capturing and validating information.