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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.
Digital distraction is emerging as a threat to patient safety & physician well-being. Patient care is a high-risk activity that requires undivided attention.
Student-run clinics provide healthcare to the poor, but also provide opportunities for students to practice their skills on people with no other options.
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.
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.
A hospital pharmacist describes how his hospital was able to reduce medication errors by 82% by following these five recommendations.
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.
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
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.
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.
EHRs weren't designed to enhance the doctor-patient relationship, but there are simple ways doctors can refocus visits on the patients.
Patient identity mistakes are dangerous. It is why we urgently need a national patient identifier that is tied specifically to every single patient.