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Five essential articles for the week on raising awareness of patient safety

March 19, 2021

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March 14-20 is Patient Safety Awareness Week, which, according to the Agency for Research and Quality in Health Care, aims to raise awareness of the importance of providing the safest possible health care.

“Health care usually starts with a diagnosis, but all too often diagnoses are not accurate or timely.” Jeff Brady, MD, MPH, The director of the Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety within the Agency for Research and Quality in Health Care (AHRQ) said in a video on the agency’s website.

Reference: Health Research and Quality Agency

He cited data suggesting that one in 20 adults in the United States was at risk of diagnostic error. Other data on commonly misdiagnosed conditions suggest that around half of patients who experience a diagnostic error will become victims of permanent disability or death, he continued.

Jeff Brady

Brady encouraged clinicians to visit the AHRQ website to learn about patient safety improvement programs and apply for grants to fund initiatives that promote safer health care.

To commemorate Patient Safety Awareness Week, Healio Primary Care has compiled a list of stories highlighting efforts and opportunities to improve patient safety.

Questions and Answers: The Quality Improvement Program has removed barriers to antibiotic control in hospitals

According to an analysis published in JAMA Network Open, a quality improvement program has reduced the use of antibiotics and strengthened antibiotic stewardship in hospitals. Continue reading.

The study shows the utility of serial testing for outbreaks in nursing homes

The modeling showed that serial testing of asymptomatic residents and staff in nursing homes can prevent more than 50% of SARS-CoV-2 infections in an outbreak, according to study results published in Clinical Infectious Diseases. Continue reading.

Questions and Answers: The toolkit reduces falls in hospital patients

A fall prevention toolkit that involved hospital patients and their families was linked to fewer falls and injuries, according to a study published on JAMA Network Open. Healio Primary Care spoke to one of the study’s authors to learn more about the toolkit and how it is being implemented in hospitals across the country. Continue reading.

Medical imaging services sold at Groupon save money but can compromise patient safety

The Groupon e-commerce website saved money for patients who bought medical imaging services, but sellers did not always provide “accurate or appropriate” information about the risks of imaging, researchers reported. Continue reading.

The security performance of EHRs varies greatly

Despite the widespread acceptance and optimization of electronic patient records over a period of 10 years, the researchers reported “large differences” in the security performance of operational EHR systems. Continue reading.

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