EDIMS and Clara Maass Medical Center Selected to Provide Medical Care Services at Red Bull Arena

Clara Maass Medical Center (CMMC), a 445-bed Belleville, N.J.-based hospital and affiliate of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System, announced that it has entered an agreement with the new soccer stadium in Harrison, N.J., Red Bull Arena, to provide emergency medical services at each arena event, including the New York Red Bulls’ soccer games.

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Expecting More Medical Errors Due to Health Care Reform, Safety Expert Steve Harden Releases Patient’s Manual on Getting Mistake-Free Care

Nationally recognized patient safety expert Steve Harden has released his step-by-step guide to getting safer health care. The book, “Never Go to the Hospital Alone – and other insider safety secrets for getting mistake-free care from your doctor and hospital” is an in-depth, consumer-friendly guide on how to avoid being one of the 100,000 people who will die accidentally this year due to medical error.

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NPSF’s Patient Safety Congress and Community Engagement

I look forward each spring to attending the National Patient Safety Foundation’s (NPSF) Patient Safety Congress for great education and networking opportunities. I especially look forward to the pre-conference programs NPSF offers, which this year (May 17–19) added a half-day on medical simulation to the customary full-day sessions on leadership and community engagement.

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Safety Culture: Building a Culture of Safety

Safety Culture

Building a Culture of Safety

In the 10-plus years since the inaugural publication of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) study on medical error, To Err Is Human, there has been surprisingly little progress in reducing the rate of medical error, despite the adoption of technologies specifically intended to combat medical errors. A growing number of people attribute this lack of progress to fundamental flaws in the American healthcare culture that prevent success.

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Common Cause Analysis

Common Cause Analysis

 

To improve medication safety, many healthcare systems implement a technology (such as barcode at point of care) or a best practice (such as double-check of high-risk medications). This approach turns performance improvement into experimentation with other people’s solutions for other people’s system problems — the assumption being all providers share the same system problems.

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Post-Discharge Call Programs – Improving Satisfaction and Safety

Post-Discharge Call Programs
Improving Satisfaction and Safety

 

For patients coming home from the hospital after surgery, an emergency department (ED) visit or any other inpatient stay, the change in location has both positive and negative possibilities. On one hand, because the patient is returning to familiar surroundings and routines, recovery may be easier. On the other hand, it may be harder.

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Safety Huddles for a Culture of Safety

Safety Huddles for a Culture of Safety

 

When the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System in 2000, the executives and quality and patient safety staff at Gundersen Lutheran immediately started discussions around issues emphasized in the report.

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