Hospitals take steps to reduce preventable errors
US hospitals are making efforts to reduce the occurrence of preventable errors through programs that encourage hand hygiene, provide care that prevents pressure ulcers and blood clots in immobile patients,
detect sepsis early, and prevent falls. For hospitals to establish a culture of safety, nurses must be able to correct physicians, clinicians must be able to talk about mistakes, and patients and their loved ones must be engaged in care, David Bornstein writes. The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers)
Hospital sees benefits when officials admit mistakes to patients
Stanford Hospital's Process for Early Assessment, Resolution and Learning program, also known as Pearl, helps the medical center avoid costly legal action, explain errors and apologize to patients in the event of medical accidents. Stanford has seen a 50% decrease in lawsuit frequency and a 40% reduction in indemnity costs in paid cases under the program. Officials also waive the affected patient's medical bill, provide financial compensation and talk through the event with patients, prioritizing transparency and emotional support. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)
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Study analyzes sources, impact of EHR-related medical errors
A study showed 31% of cases of electronic health record-related harm were related to medication errors, 31% were linked to complications from treatment and 28% were related to diagnostic mistakes, researchers reported in the Journal of Patient Safety. The study showed 80% of malpractice cases related to EHRs involved moderate or severe harm, and that errors more often were found in ambulatory care settings than inpatient settings. Health Data Management
Firm gets $2.25M grant for critical care monitoring system
The NIH awarded San Francisco-based Potrero Medical a $2.25 million Small Business Innovation Research grant. The firm will use the money for a study of its Accuryn Monitoring System, which is intended to spot physiological signatures of sepsis and other critical diseases. The product delivers data on intra-abdominal pressure, core temperature and urine output. MassDevice.com (Boston)
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