Wednesday, February 24, 2010

In the News... Medical Errors

Study Finds Differences Among Doctors, Risk Managers in Admitting Errors

"Fulfilling patients' expectations for full disclosure of medical errors remains a complicated process. Our data offer additional insight into the complexities of these conversations and reflect the evolving roles of stakeholders beyond the physicians involved in the error," says lead author David J. Loren, M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Pediatrics, at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.
Read more about the study here.

MGH Death Spurs Review of Patient Monitors
A Massachusetts General Hospital patient died last month after the alarm on a heart monitor was inadvertently left off, delaying the response of nurses and doctors to the patient’s medical crisis.

Hospital administrators said they immediately began an investigation, which led them to inspect and disable the off switch on alarms on all 1,100 of Mass. General’s heart monitors within a day of the death. The hospital also has temporarily assigned a nurse in each unit to specifically listen for alarms, out of concern that sometimes even functioning alarms can’t be heard over the din of a busy ward.
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National Patient Safety Foundation's 12th Annual Patient Safety Congress
May 17-19, 2010 in Orlando, Florida.  There's still time to save $145 on registration for this year's Congress! Register by this Friday, February 26, and take advantage of the Super Early Bird Discount.

View the 2010 Congress Preliminary Program and Faculty.

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