Patient Safety Weekly Must Reads (January 14, 2017)

This week in #patientsafety, we’re back in the swing of things. We bring you highlights from Joan Rivers’ death and subsequent lawsuit. We also released findings from our Orthopedic Safety Survey. From around the web, an orthopedic surgeon shares thoughts on how pain scores led to the opioid epidemic, a study looks at the impact of opioid policies, and ECRI Institute releases the 2017 Top 10 Hospital C-suite Watch List.


Highlights From Joan Rivers’ Death and Lawsuit. Based on discussions at a recent meeting of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM) New Jersey chapter.

Orthopedic VTE Safety Report Now Available. We released findings from a survey on practical solutions to prevent venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients undergoing hip and knee replacement.

From Around the Web:

Making pain a vital sign caused the opioid crisis. Here’s how. This orthopedic surgeon makes the case that, despite good intentions, making pain a vital sign was a disastrous mistake.

Measuring the Impact of Opioid Policies. Federal agencies have issued policies to curb the opioid epidemic. MedPage Today looks at whether these policies are making an impact.

2017 Top 10 Hospital C-suite Watch List. Number 2 on ECRI’s latest list is opioid addiction. The report posits what role technology can have in predicting the risk of addiction and relapse, as well as provides five action points for better opioid safety.

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