Despite new technology and evidence-based guidelines, medical mistakes happen too frequently and may lead to as many as 400,000 preventable deaths each year. But two new programs, launched at the University of Virginia Medical Center, offers a new approach to patient safety that may prevent medical errors, WTF Public Radio reports.
Documenting post-operative adverse events (AEs) and determining their severity can help hospitals identify patient safety needs and develop appropriately targeted interventions for improvement, according to a new study published in Patient Safety in Surgery.
Data integrity failures within health IT systems and care coordination top the list of this year's patient safety concerns, according to the ECRI Institute's "Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations."
While data integrity failures within health IT systems only ranked fourth on the ECRI Institute's list of top healthcare technology hazards published last fall, when it comes to patient safety concerns, they rank No. 1.
More than 100,000 medical professionals, including doctors, nurses, medical technicians and aides, either abuse prescription drugs or are addicted to them, according to USA Today.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week released new proposed fire safety standards for hospitals and other healthcare facilities.
The ECRI Institute Patient Safety Organization is calling for collaboration on patient safety to create a "a non-punitive learning environment" to bring about improvement.
While e-prescribing has the potential to increase patient safety and medication adherence while save money, implementation costs remain one of the biggest barriers to adoption in ambulatory...
The Management-By-Walking-Around technique, in which hospital leaders directly interact with frontline staff to seek suggestions for improvement or resolve problems, may do more harm than good, according to a new study published in Production and Operations Management.
Rampant professional burnout drives more doctors to sell their practices, slash their patient panels or retire early, according to an article from the Washington Post. The problem is particularly acute in primary care, where physicians manage patients' comprehensive needs, yet get as little as 11 minutes to spend with each of them.