Combine Surgery Checklists to Boost Patient Safety and Clinical Outcomes

Patient safety has been a pressing issue in healthcare since 1999, with the publication of the landmark report To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System. Despite two decades of attention, estimates of annual patient deaths due to medical errors have risen steadily to as many as 440,000 lives, a figure that was reported in the Journal of Patient Safety in 2013.

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A Winning Strategy to Improve Hand Hygiene

By: Megan J. DiGiorgio & Lori Moore With all of the emphasis on hand hygiene and HAI reduction, it would seem that healthcare workers (HCW) would know how and when they should perform hand hygiene. But, this assumption couldn’t be farther from the truth. HCWs can probably list a few or most of the indications … Continued

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Understanding the New Joint Commission Requirements for Maternal Patient Safety

Many factors have contributed to the rise in maternal mortality, including the increase in complex comorbidities in expecting mothers such as diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and cardiac disease. There has also been disagreement on the best approach to manage maternal patients, from creating a single oxytocin checklist to detailing more complex processes for managing preeclampsia.

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We Need Your Input on Patient Safety

We are pleased to invite you to participate in a brief survey that examines patient safety and quality improvement. Please help us learn more about the state of patient safety by taking a few minutes to complete the survey.

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Introducing PSQH: The Podcast

The mission of PSQH: The Podcast is to provide clear, relevant, actionable information on topics that matter to patient safety and quality professionals in podcast form through engaging and insightful interviews with experts and thought leaders.

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Study: Busy Surgeons Pose a Risk to Patient Safety

The report from Coverys takes a look at five years of closed medical malpractice claims data from 2014–2018 to provide insight into the root causes of surgery-related claims and evidence-based recommendations to help mitigate future risks in the delivery of care.

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ECRI Lists Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for 2020

ECRI has been gathering patient safety event data through its patient safety organization, ECRI PSO, since 2009. “We and our partner PSOs have received more than 3.2 million event reports. This means that the 10 patient safety concerns on this list are very real. These concerns are harming people—sometimes seriously,” the executive brief says.

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