Must Reads

Patient Safety Weekly Must Reads (April 15, 2017)

Great news–our video last week was watched over 25,000 times! Let’s keep working to transform that awareness into progress for patient safety.

This week in #patientsafety, PPAHS Founder and Executive Director Michael Wong, JD, penned an article for Healthcare Business Today on what makes “good” hospital leadership. From around the web, a study looks at the relationship between readmission rates and caregiver involvement in discharge discussions. Another study looks at factors associated with alarm response time. And a doctor asks if her peers have noticed an increase in inquiries about NSAIDs with growing awareness of the opioid epidemic.

From PPAHS:

“Good” Hospitals Require Real Leaders. How can you tell the difference between a “good” hospital and a “bad” one?

From Around the Web:

Study: To reduce readmissions, involve caregivers in discharge planning. A study finds that involving caregivers in discharge discussions was associated with a 25% reduction in the likelihood of an elderly patient being readmitted to the hospital within 90 days of discharge.

Video Analysis of Factors Associated With Response Time to Physiologic Monitor Alarms in a Children’s Hospital. Nurses who responded faster included those who were earlier in their shifts, had less than 1 year of experience, previously responded to an alarm requiring intervention, were caring for only 1 patient, and were responding to an alarm for lethal arrhythmia.

More information on NSAIDs & CV risk. A doctor looks at research on the cardiovascular risks of NSAIDs as patients appear to ask about them more frequently.

Must Reads

Patient Safety Weekly Must Reads (February 18, 2017)

This week in #patientsafety, we highlight an article by the author of the RADEO Guide. From around the web, a daughter nearly died of sepsis and a mother died from blood clots after giving birth; plus, a JAMA study on whether financial penalties work to reduce hospital readmission rates.

From PPAHS:

Preventing Opioid-Induced Respiratory Distress In An Outpatient Setting. The author of the Reducing Adverse Drug Events related to Opioids (RADEO) Implementation Guide shared precautions to take during procedures in the outpatient setting, as well as upon patient discharge.

From Around the Web:

My Daughter Nearly Died of Sepsis. Here’s How You Can Stay Safe. A mother tells the story of her daughter’s near-miss after going into septic shock.

Husband wins seven year medical negligence fight after death of wife, 29. In the UK, the husband of a woman who died from a blood clot 16 days after the birth of her daughter has won a medical negligence claim.

Association Between Hospital Penalty Status Under the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program and Readmission Rates for Target and Nontarget Conditions. The prospect of financial penalty appears to reduce hospital readmission rates, according to this JAMA study.