Archives for November, 2010

What’s the Cost?

There is more than just the money in the cost of a medical error. The cost also includes poor patient satisfaction, lack of patient trust in your organization, a longer duration of care that includes increased labor costs and, of course, a poor patient outcome. Does your organization need to visit its patient safety culture […]

Are You Safe? Patient Safety Video

The issues of patient safety are very real in our medical care system. Patient Safety Organizations are in the business of collecting, aggregating and analyzing data that will be critical and necessary as we attempt to make improvements in the health care of our citizens. This video demonstrates the facts that make patient safety so […]

“Patient Safety beyond the Hospital” – NEJM Article

Patient Safety beyond the Hospital NEJM | September 8, 2010 | Topics: Health Care Delivery, Quality of Care Tejal K. Gandhi, M.D., M.P.H., and Thomas H. Lee, M.D. Referenced above is another relevant article in The New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Gandhi and Dr. Lee draw attention to the many differences in today’s health care delivery.  […]

Official “Do Not Use” List

In 2001, The Joint Commission issued a Sentinel Event Alert on the subject of medical abbreviations, and just one year later, its Board of Commissioners approved a National Patient Safety Goal requiring accredited organizations to develop and implement a list of abbreviations not to use. In 2004, The Joint Commission created its “do not use” list […]

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