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Patient safety and preventable medical errors

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Time to Fail: What Healthcare Can Learn from Airplanes

The makers of Learjet collect data & program what is learned about critical system failures in order to improve flight safety. Healthcare should do the same.
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When Digital Devices Distract Doctors, Mistakes Can Happen

Digital distraction is emerging as a threat to patient safety & physician well-being. Patient care is a high-risk activity that requires undivided attention.
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The Moral Dilemma of Learning Medicine from the Poor

Student-run clinics provide healthcare to the poor, but also provide opportunities for students to practice their skills on people with no other options.
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Nursing Errors Led to My Son’s Unexpected Death

Nursing errors and the unmonitored use of patient-controlled analgesia led to the unexpected death of a mother's only child. It could have been prevented.
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Opioids Can Kill People in the Hospital Too

Continuous monitoring can help improve patient safety when opioids are given in the hospital but it is important not to contribute to the staff's alarm fatigue.
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How to Reduce Medication Errors by 82%

A hospital pharmacist describes how his hospital was able to reduce medication errors by 82% by following these five recommendations.
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Reducing the Risk of Surgery One Patient at a Time

The Ready Surgery AI-Enhanced Risk Intelligence Platform was created by a digital health entrepreneur after her aunt's unexpected death from a surgical procedure.
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The Why and How of Diagnostic Errors

Approximately 18 million diagnostic errors occur every year and nearly every person will experience one in their lifetime, making diagnostic errors an understated medical crisis
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Here’s An App To Help You Get Ready For Joint Replacement...

Interview with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Nicholas Frisch: In the past, people did little to prepare for joint replacement surgery other than having an appointment with their surgeon. Now there is a comprehensive app from PeerWell that offers both a pre-hab (pre-op preparation) as well as a post-op rehabilitation home program.
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Diagnostic Error: A Missed Opportunity to Improve Patient Safety?

Addressing diagnostic errors is not simple and will require a holistic approach that healthcare systems are only starting to tackle. In the near term, today's Consumer Decision Support (CDS )capabilities already demonstrate the potential to substantially reduce diagnostic errors and improve patient outcomes.
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EHRs Can Advance Good Medicine If Doctors Are Aware of the...

EHRs weren't designed to enhance the doctor-patient relationship, but there are simple ways doctors can refocus visits on the patients.
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The Preventable Danger of Patient Identity Errors

Patient identity mistakes are dangerous. It is why we urgently need a national patient identifier that is tied specifically to every single patient.