Must Reads

Weekly Must Reads in Patient Safety (Apr 3, 2015)

Our must reads for this week focus on 5 key tips, which if followed, could save a life.

As well, if you tweet about patient safety, a big “thank you” – see if your name appears below in our retweet shout outs. Read More

Respiratory Compromise

Could Intraoperative Handoff Checklists Prevent Medical Errors?

by Sean Power

The Joint Commission estimates that 80 percent of medical errors involve miscommunication between caregivers during the handoff between medical providers.

New research published in Anesthesia & Analgesia suggests that an electronic checklist may help, especially during intraoperative transfers of care. Read More

Respiratory Compromise

8 Surprising Facts From a 7 Day Cohort Study: Mortality After Surgery

By Sean Power
October 16, 2014

A recent article in The Lancet published findings that suggest mortality after non-cardiac surgery in Europe may be higher than expected.

Dr. Rupert Pearse and a team of researchers conducted the European Surgical Outcomes Study (EuSOS)—a study that spanned 28 European countries and included 498 hospitals—in an attempt to describe mortality after non cardiac surgery at a national and international level. Read More