Achieving patient safety is the watchword for this week’s Must Reads.
2015 National Patient Safety Goals
The Joint Commission’s 2015 National Patient Safety Goals were released. Although TJC says that it has “no new Goals for 2015”, it is probably a good presentation for all healthcare facilities to look at to make sure they are meeting these objectives. Read More
The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety wishes you and your loved ones a Happy and SAFE New Year!
We particularly emphasize SAFE, because the latest news on patient safety shows that there is a lot work yet to be done … or perhaps we haven’t started? … Read More
Of the more than 125 articles we posted in 2014, below are five of the most read and most discussed articles on alarm management (order is by publication date):
This year, the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health and Safety introduced a weekly round-up of must-read articles in patient safety. The hand-picked list has consistently seen high engagement from our dear readers.
With that in mind, we thought we would compile a list of the Top Patient Safety Must Reads of 2014. Read More
Too little and too many – that’s the theme of this week’s must reads. Read More
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) estimates that 1.3 million fewer patients were harmed in U.S. hospitals from 2010 to 2013. AHRQ attributes this to “focused and widespread efforts to reduce surgical-site infections, adverse drug events and other preventable incidents.” Read More
Managing alarms on physiologic monitors, like pulse oximeters that measure blood oxygenation and capnography that assesses the adequacy of ventilation, is a critical patient safety issue. As the first comprehensive national survey of patient-controlled analgesia practices by the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety found, 90 percent of hospitals believe that reducing false alarms would increase use of patient monitoring devices. Read More
Do We Need to Start a Revolution? – This is the question asked by Fred N. Pelzman, MD, who writes:
Over and over again, we were told about the sorry state of the U.S. healthcare system, how we are first in cost and last in quality, and there’s something inherently wrong with the way “we” take care of people in this country.
After a brief pause to talk about the National Coalition to Promote Continuous Monitoring of Patients on Opioids, we are back to our weekly synopsis of patient safety articles and research. Read More
It’s National Healthcare Quality Week and National Respiratory Care Week!
However, according to Pascal metrics, there is no reason to celebrate. Studies show that a third of patients are harmed in U.S. hospitals and the consequent financial burden of this harm may run to over $100 billion annually. Read More