Seeing the World Through Patient Safety Eyes
I wish that everyone could learn and practice the skills we ask healthcare professionals to acquire in the name of safety and quality improvement. We’d all be better off, and many things in the world would work better if we respected each other and communicated well.
Enhancing Patient Safety by Automating Discharge Instructions
By Pattie Boast and Cathy Potts, MT (ASCP)It has been well documented that providing patients with the tools to become active, informed participants in their own care improves decision quality and prevents overuse of medical options (O’Connor et al., 2004).
Five Essential Components of an Effective Stroke System
Approximately 795,000 Americans will have a stroke this year. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious, long-term adult disability. The direct and indirect costs associated with stroke are projected to exceed $65 billion in 2009, according to the National Stroke Association.
I keep seeing examples of what I think of as a
patient safety approach to problems: an emphasis on clear
communication, teamwork, systems thinking, disclosing and learning from
errors, and personal accountability balanced with an understanding of
the inevitability of human error. These principles have relevance and
benefits beyond patient safety — beyond medicine…
Facebook. Twitter. Wikipedia. The names alone
may cause eyes to roll and prompt a quick run for the exits. Despite
widespread skepticism, these and other interactive sources of
information and communication, referred to as social media, continue to
The short-acting, reversible anticoagulant heparin is widely used in hospitalized patients to prevent the development or extension of potentially life-threatening blood clots. However, numerous issues make the use of this high-risk agent particularly challenging and error-prone.