Patient Safety Articles
- Almost all large employers plan to offer telehealth in 2018, but will employees use it?
Telehealth utilization is on the rise, employers have a long way to go to get more staffers onboard.
- A 'perfect storm' superbug: How an invasive fungus got health officials' attention Try as they might, the infection control specialists at Royal Brompton Hospital could not eradicate the invasive fungus that was attacking already gravely ill patients in the intensive care unit.
- PET scans show many Alzheimer's patients may not actually have the disease
A significant portion of people with mild cognitive impairment or dementia who are taking medication for Alzheimer’s may not actually have the disease.
- U.S. Food & Drug Administration - Protecting Yourself
Resources including information about health fraud scams and tips for buying medication, medical devices, and radiation-emitting products online.
- Report a Problem to the FDA
Consumers can play an important public health role by reporting to FDA any adverse reactions or other problems with products the agency regulates.
- U.S. Food & Drug Administration, Safety Webpage
Safety information, problem reporting, recalls, market withdrawals, safety alerts, and Medwatch adverse events reporting program.
- Ensuring Access to Care in Vulnerable Communities
The taskforce report outlines nine emerging strategies that can help preserve access to health care services in vulnerable communities.
- Clinical trials give patients access to cutting-edge treatments, help hospitals recruit
Clinical researchers at St. John Providence Hospital in Southfield are testing a medical device that helps lower blood pressure in patients with uncontrolled hypertension.
- Hospitals Commit to Tackling Growing Security Concerns Health care leaders amp up their management training to help combat threats, and other takeaways from the Health Facilities Management 2016 Security Survey.
- Speak Up brochure Informational brochure for patients about speaking up about pain management, prepared by the Joint Commission.
- Can Telehealth Improve Population Health Management, Diagnosis?
Two recent surveys conducted by HealthMine give interesting insights into patient engagement and population health management.
- 3 ways to cut unnecessary readmissions of heart patients
Triage in the ED, transition of care after discharge helps to cut return hospital visits
- New Health Clinic to Impact Thousands in Mason County "Healthcare costs are out of control. They're a large portion of our employee costs and we're trying to reduce that," Great Lakes Castings President and CEO Rob Killips said.
- Respect: The key to patient safety and preventing medical errors Respect: The key to patient safety and preventing medical errors
- New CMS Data Show Quality Improvement Organizations Improved Care for Nation's Medicare Beneficiaries Nation's Quality Improvement Organizations Prove Instrumental in Reducing Hospital Readmissions, Health Care Associated Infections
- 10 Statistics on Cultures of Safety in Medical Offices: AHRQ Survey A total of 27,103 staff members from 935 medical offices participated in the 2014 survey, which was conducted between November 2011 and November 2013. The survey includes 38 items that measure 10 composites of patient safety culture.
- The price of the ICD-10 delay As the debate took place over whether the transfer to the ICD-10 code set should be delayed or go on as scheduled, one statistic was often repeated: a one-year delay would cost the healthcare system between $1 billion and $6.6 billion.
- RWJF's Charting Nursing's Future examines progress on IOM safety recommendations from a decade ago Patient Safety Through Workplace Transformation
- One Third of Skilled Nursing Patients Harmed in Treatment U.S. Department of Health and Human Services inspector general study shows skilled nursing facilities have a higher incidence of injury and higher rate of medical errors than hospitals.
- Nearly 1,500 Hospitals Penalized Under Medicare Program Rating Quality
- FDA proposes ban on electrical stimulation devices intended to treat self-injurious or aggressive behavior
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced a proposal to ban electrical stimulation devices (ESDs) used for self-injurious or aggressive behavior because they present an unreasonable and substantial risk to public health that cannot be corrected or eliminated through changes to the labeling.
- FDA proposes ban on most powdered medical gloves
While use of these gloves is decreasing, they pose an unreasonable and substantial risk of illness or injury to health care providers, patients and other individuals who are exposed to them, which cannot be corrected through new or updated labeling.
- During National Health Center Week, HHS announces an additional $169 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 266 community health centers
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today $169 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 266 new health center sites in 46 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico for the delivery of comprehensive primary health care services in communities that need them most.
- ACA will drive more traffic to community health centers The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will likely increase demand for federally qualified health center (FQHC) services, especially in low-income communities, a new survey reveals
- Medical Identity Theft - On the Rise If modern technology has ushered in a plague of identity theft, one particular strain of the disease has emerged as most virulent: medical identity theft.
- Report: Automated Medication Verification Solutions Hospitals and healthcare clinics throughout the world strive to reduce the possibility of error from medications delivered at the point of care by nursing personnel. The number of preventable deaths from adverse drug events (ADE) hovers in the thousands each year. This is further complicated by the current nursing shortage and the lack of adequate technology at the point of care, which adds to the risk of an unsuccessful patient outcome. Creating an error-free environment is mission critical to both safeguard patient health and protect the five rights of medication administration.
- MedlinePlus - Trusted Health Information from the National Library of Medicine MedlinePlus directs you to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. MedlinePlus also contains extensive information about drugs and supplements, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive tutorials, the latest health news, and surgery videos.
- Pulse America PULSE is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) support group and organization working to improve patient safety and reduce the rate of medical errors in this country using real life stories and experiences. Members and participants are encouraged to use their experience to educate the community and advocate for a safer healthcare system.