As gasoline blows past $4.00 per gallon, few driving experiences are more frustrating than sitting in downtown traffic waiting for a traffic light to change to green.
Much of the increased focus on improving patient safety in healthcare, which started gaining momentum following the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) 1999 report To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System*, has centered on preventing medication-related adverse events (ADEs).
Patient safety and the prevention of medical errors is a mutual goal sought by all in healthcare — patients, providers, and lawyers.
July / August 2008 New Tools for MRI Safety Ferromagnetically Naked By Tobias Gilk Photo courtesy of Metrasens Ltd. The recent Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert #38 on MRI accidents, last year’s American College of Radiology “ACR Guidance Document for Safe MR Practices: 2007” (Kanal et al., 2007), and a string of MRI … Continued
The Joint Commission’s standards for Medication Management (MM) are among the most rigorous and challenging for an organization to implement.
Companies that produce medical devices such as breast implants and implantable defibrillators now have federal protection against lawsuits arising from deaths or injuries associated with their products as long as the product has been approved for use by the FDA.
Healthcare organizations implement clinical healthcare information technology (HIT) to improve the quality of care, enhance patient safety, and eliminate inefficiencies in order to reduce the cost of care.
For decades, public and private healthcare systems in the United States have operated with processes and management styles that would have bankrupted most industries years ago.
Clinicians often think of simulations as taking place on mannequins so that staff members can practice repeatedly until they achieve mastery.
I don’t recall exactly when I first heard or read Dr. Paul Batalden’s observation, “Every system is perfectly designed to get the results it gets,” which provided me with an important Aha! moment as I began to learn about patient safety and quality in healthcare.