This week in #patientsafety, we took a step back to develop more substantial pieces that will be published in the near future. From around the web, Dr. Pronovost describes the results of a peer-to-peer hospital review program; Healthy Canadians, a collaborative initiative by a number of agencies within the Government of Canada, is re-promoting a 2015 video about prescription drug abuse; and, an article on how to use pain medication more safely.
Nothing this week.
From Around the Web:
How peer-to-peer review helps hospitals. In light of last week’s article on the impact of inspections on patient safety, this article by Peter Pronovost, MD, who served on the PPAHS PCA Safety Panel, is particularly timely.
Jordan’s Story. In this YouTube video, listen to Jordan’s story and how his dependence on pain medication led to tragedy.
How to Avoid Opioid Addiction When You’re Prescribed Pain Medication. This article provides suggestions to make opioid use safer, such as knowing your risk factors, taking meds only as prescribed, and seeking non-opioid pain management treatments.
Is safer patient care profitable?
Readers might recall the Ford Pinto case surrounding the safety of its fuel tank design. In this case, it was alleged:
The gas tank in the Pinto was known by Ford engineers to be defective. If a Pinto was rear-ended at under 30mph, there was a likelihood that the gas tank would be torn open by protruding bolts, causing gasoline to pour into the car’s interior. At 40mph, the same thing would happen… except the doors would also be jammed shut and people would be trapped in their burning Pinto.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) estimates that 1.3 million fewer patients were harmed in U.S. hospitals from 2010 to 2013. AHRQ attributes this to “focused and widespread efforts to reduce surgical-site infections, adverse drug events and other preventable incidents.” Read More
NBC-affiliate WNDU recently reported that Memorial Hospital of South Bend in Indiana has fulfilled A Promise to Amanda. Starting this month, every patient who receives opioids or sedation on every floor at Memorial Hospital will be continuously electronically monitored with capnography. Read More