Hospital Acquired Conditions

Bed and/or Chair Rest + Neglect = Bedsores

Brian A. Raphan (Principal Attorney, Law Offices of Brian A. Raphan, P.C.)

Any time a patient is confined to a bed or chair for a period of time and not provided proper and adequate care, the risk of pressure ulcers increases.

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) defines a pressure ulcer as a “localized injury to the skin and/or underlying tissue, usually over a bony prominence, as a result of pressure, or pressure in combination with shear.” Illustrations of the stages of pressure ulcers are shown below: Read More

Alarm Fatigue, Blood Clots, Must Reads, Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

Weekly Must Reads in Patient Safety (Sep 26, 2014)

According to the CDC, the maternal death rate in the U.S. has more than doubled since 1987. So, with that shocking statistic in mind, we felt that we had to point out articles dealing with pregnancy … and a reminder that alarm fatigue just doesn’t annoy nurses … and, lastly, one interesting video from Derriford Hospital in the UK that is improving health outcomes for its patients by doing the “wiggle”. Read More