Lucian Leape Institute Finds Medical Schools Fall Short in Teaching How to Provide Safe Care
The Lucian Leape Institute at the National Patient Safety Foundation has released a report that finds that U.S. “medical schools are not doing an adequate job of facilitating student understanding of basic knowledge and the development of skills required for the provision of safe patient care.” The report comes approximately 10 years after the Institute of Medicine’s landmark 1999 report, To Err Is Human, which found that 98,000 Americans die unnecessarily from preventable medical errors.
Sentara Supports Its Commitment to High Quality Care and Patient Safety with Biomedical Device Integration
Sentara is a national leader in patient safety and quality care innovation, operating in over 100 care sites in Virginia and North Carolina. Sentara is one of the most progressive and integrated healthcare organizations in the nation with a culture of safety focused on error and injury reduction through simplified rules of behavior for everyone working in the environment of care.
The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has published a
list of radiation safety questions for cancer patients and their
caregivers to ask their doctor about the quality assurance protocols of
their radiation therapy treatments.
Health Language, Inc. (HLI), the global leader in medical terminology
management, has launched the Language Engine Access Portal (LEAP),
which enables Web access to terminologies, code sets and management
tools. The portal will allow hospitals, physician practices and their
vendors to easily locate, download, update and extend terminologies
without installing a separate application.
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) released the results of a national
survey of older adults, caregivers and health care providers evaluating
knowledge and awareness of medical imaging safety. The survey, which
focused largely on electronic implantable device patients and their
caregivers, reveals that communication about the safety of medical
imaging for patients with these devices is often inadequate.
Kansas City, MO, February 16, 2010 — Aurora Health Care has selected the Peminic Safety Suite to automatically identify near misses and adverse safety events by utilizing new eSurveillance capabilities resulting in safer healthcare and improved outcomes while also supporting improved communication and data sharing between the patient relation, risk, and safety teams.
Nestlé HealthCare Nutrition announced the launch of a new initiative to
promote safer medication delivery through an enteral feeding tube in
hospitals based on the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral
Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) Enteral Nutrition Practice Recommendations.
The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) will kick off Patient
Safety Awareness Week on March 7, 2010, in a concerted effort to raise
awareness of patient safety initiatives, improve the quality of health
care, and strengthen alliances between patients, families and their
A coalition of public interest and patient
safety groups launched a campaign to increase public awareness and
gather stories about patients who have received inferior medical care
from fatigued physicians.
Connectivity to Improve Patient Safety
For the past 5 years the Medical Device “Plug-and-Play” Interoperability Program has been leading the evaluation and adoption of open standards and technology for medical device interoperability to support clinical innovation and improve patient safety.