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A Strong Step for Safety
Maureen Larkin, Senior Editor-Quality
In the February edition of HealthLeaders magazine, I write about how some hospitals are learning from the high-profile errors of others and taking steps to make sure that those same errors don't occur at their facilities. Dan Sheridan, medication safety pharmacist at the Marion (OH) General Hospital, says part of his organization's strategy to prevent medical errors has been an environment where staff members are encouraged to report mistakes. [Read More]
Feb. 14, 2008
Editor's Picks

Video encourages patients to talk to doctors
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has launched a campaign to encourage patients to communicate with physicians about their health. The campaign includes a five-minute video that shows how patient involvement can reduce medical errors and improve patient outcomes. [Read More]

Speedy MRSA diagnoses embraced
Two Ohio hospitals are using new technology to screen patients for MRSA. The new technology can diagnose the infection within two hours--allowing caregivers to treat affected patients faster and quash the infection's ability to spread. [Read More]

Hospital safety takes page out of Top Gun manual
Six Chicago-area hospitals are using practices similar to those used by aircraft pilots to standardize procedures and ensure patient safety. Six months into the program, the hospitals report miscommunication errors have been reduced by 50 percent. [Read More]

Depression in residents poses patient safety risk
A study by Boston researchers has found that doctors dealing with depression often put patients at risk. Depressed physicians were more likely to report poor health, be working in an impaired condition, and have difficulty concentrating at work, the study says, making it more likely for them to incorrectly order prescription drugs. [Read More]

This Week's Headlines

Study: One in 10 patients gets drug error at MA community hospitals
The Boston Globe - February 14, 2008

New York hospital scrutinized after deaths of patients
The New York Times - February 11, 2008

Insurers' ratings often aren't accurate, doctors complain
The Dallas Morning News - February 10, 2008

Hartford Hospital on probation
Hartford Courant - February 9, 2008

Quality patient care takes a lot of analysis, teaching
Ledger-Enquirer - February 7, 2008

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