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Family members key in finding, avoiding errors in hospitals

Most clinicians do their best to make sure medical errors don’t happen to patients, especially children. But sometimes, despite this effort, mistakes happen, and it’s important to identify and correct them right away. Even the most diligent doctors and nurses may miss an error. When this happens, it’s important to turn to an expert source: […] [MORE]

Keys to prevent mistakes with patient identification

Mistaken patient identity can lead to many issues in hospitals, including dangerous adverse events that jeopardize patients’ safety. To avoid these problems, facilities need to do what they can to make sure it’s easy for clinicians to identify patients. 

Respiratory depression: Another reason for hospitals to control opioid use

Hospitals have been called upon to reduce their opioid use with patients for several reasons. While controlling the opioid addiction epidemic has been getting the most attention, there are other reasons why facilities should be more careful with prescribing opioids – especially since their use could put patients’ lives in danger during a hospital stay. 

Keys to help doctors discuss adverse events with patients

If an adverse event happens, it’s important for hospital staff to communicate with patients and their families right away so they can be aware of the situation and how it’ll be resolved. However, doctors may struggle with this for several reasons, and hospitals must help them along. 

Handling top challenges hospitals face with patient safety

Hospitals have tried many tactics to boost patient safety and improve outcomes, but often their efforts are thwarted by different issues. Some of them aren’t in a facility’s control, but according to a new federal report, others are. 

How communication problems put patients, hospitals in jeopardy

Communication is important in providing top quality patient care. Any breakdowns in communication can lead to serious problems, such as patient complications or deaths. A new report shows just how much poor communication impacts hospital care. 

Adverse events declining for patients, but there’s still a way to go

A recent study offers hospitals some good news about patient safety: Rates of adverse events for patients with certain conditions are on the decline.

More than half of health care workers are afraid to blow the whistle on safety issues

Don’t assume employees feel safe reporting safety errors as required: New research shows more than half of health care workers worry that honest reporting will come back to haunt them personally.

Joint Commission warns against fatigue’s role in adverse events

Longer shifts aren’t just a pain for doctors and nurses — they’re putting patients at risk. 

One in seven hospitalized Medicare patients suffers harm

A new report raises some alarming questions about the quality of care Medicare patients receive.