Top News: #PatientSafety

Here are the top read news for #patientsafety:


Years Ago, We Decided That Young Doctors Need More Sleep. The Plan Might Have Backfired:

151202_DRIFT_Tired-DoctorFor most of modern medical history, the process of training to be a doctor could have been mistaken for some diabolical experiment in sleep deprivation. Hundred-hour workweeks, complete with regular all-night shifts, were standard for young hospital residents—in fact, the health care profession largely looked at such grueling schedules as the only efficient way to teach its craft. As one article in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education put it, “residency training could be likened to an apprenticeship that had features of indentured servitude.” Servants never get much shut-eye. Read more


Deadly and hidden mistakes: Hospital error reports often elude the public:

Hospitals across Orange County and around the country are making mistakes that can be harmful, even deadly, to patients, but the public rarely finds out about them. Details of conditions inside Mission Hospital – which temporarily closed its 14 operating rooms last fall because of a small outbreak of infections associated with orthopedic surgeries – were hidden by the federal government for six months. Read more


A ‘Netflix-like’ predictive model: Hospital systems could pinpoint which patients are most likely to code on their watch:

Each year, approximately 209,000 patients suffer from an in-hospital cardiac arrest in the United States, with less than a quarter living long enough to be discharged. While rates of survival have improved over the last decade or so — likely due to improvements in quality of care like quicker response times and well-trained personnel — what if cardiac arrests and other adverse in-hospital events could be prevented from happening altogether? Read more


One Doctor’s Quest To End The Plague Of Screwed-Up Medical Diagnoses:

When the Institute of Medicine released an alarming report in September concluding that diagnostic errors account for 10% of patient deaths in hospitals, Carol Gunn was disturbed, but not at all surprised. Gunn’s sister, Anna, survived breast cancer and myelodysplastic syndrome, but died in 2013 after a wave of heart attacks that went undetected, despite her frequent complaints of chest pain. By the time a cardiologist finally saw her and put in a stent, it was too late—her heart was damaged beyond repair. Read more


Paul Lifschultz’s inquisitiveness as a patient got him invited onto a University of Washington Medical Center advisory council, where he sometimes accompanies doctors on their rounds. Hospitals For Patient Advisory Councils to Learn How They Can Improve Care:

After a hospital stay, patients may just want to put the experience behind them. The last thing they want to do is come back.Increasingly, though, they are doing just that—but at the request of the hospital, and in an effort to improve care. Read more