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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.
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How to Survive a Hospital Shooting

Dissecting the lessons learned during and after the chaos of the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital shootings. Leadership and training count.
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What Killed Bob – Lack of Care or Lack of Caring?

Had Bob's care been coordinated among his many physicians, both outside and inside the hospital, I don't believe he would have died from this event.

Continuous Monitoring Could Have Saved This Patient’s Life

A hospital failed to monitor a high-risk patient being given opioids for pain. She died. This death could have been prevented with continuous monitoring.

Malpractice Claims Study is Helping Plastic Surgeons Get Better

A recent closed claim study by a malpractice carrier helps plastic surgeons make changes that will improve patient safety and clinical outcomes.
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Designing a Safer Breathing Tube for Patients and Caregivers

The innovative BayWin valve allows for deep suctioning of mechanically ventilated patients without the risks associated with breaking the closed circuit.