Raising SBAR to a Higher Level
P.U.R.E. Conversations in Obstetrics
Despite a widespread effort to improve patient safety in obstetrics, injuries still occur. These injuries can be devastating both to families who sustain them and to the caregivers involved in the actual event.
Prospective Risk Management
Analysis, Evaluation, and Control
The philosophy and requirements of ISO 14971 can be applied more broadly within the healthcare setting.In medical device design and regulation, risk management has been embodied in the ISO 14971 standard: Medical Devices—Application of risk management to medical devices.
Automated Informed Consent
Patients and Institutions Benefit Alike
The process of obtaining informed consent from patients prior to providing certain medical services has evolved gradually over the years.
Inside the AHA’s Product Endorsement Process
Without a doubt, 2010 has proven to be one of the most dynamic years that the healthcare field has seen to date—and more changes are just around the corner. Healthcare reform is shaking up the field, impacting everyone from doctors and patients to hospitals, healthcare facilities, and medical technology vendors.
Using Telehealth to Improve Continuity of Care
As our global population grows older with a higher incidence of chronic conditions, we have an imperative to truly improve quality of care both within and beyond the walls of the hospital while reducing costs.
Auto ID Technology
RFID – An Alternative to Barcodes at the Bedside?
Barcoding has become established in several industries as an inexpensive and reliable automatic identification technology that can overcome human error in capturing and validating information.
Cleveland Clinic has received a $10 million gift to launch a unique and comprehensive executive education program that will provide opportunities for emerging leaders from all fields to learn from experienced peers.
Hospitals Collaborate to Prevent Wrong-Site Surgery
The wrong-site surgery prevention program is one of numerous patient safety initiatives undertaken collaboratively by hospitals in the Greater Philadelphia region since 2006 under the direction of the Partnership for Patient Care (PPC).
Barcoding and Ministry—from Preacher to Barcode Evangelist
Mark Neuenschwander of Bellevue, Washington, is considered by many to be the world’s leading expert in the field of drug dispensing automation and barcode point-of-care systems.
For the Sake of Patient Safety, Medical Interpreters Must Be Trained and Tested
Given the amount of education and training that physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals are required to undertake, many Americans would be shocked to find that there is one critical medical job that is completely devoid of any kind of federal oversight, regulation or, until recently, recognized national standards.