Transparency Makes a Difference When Creating a Culture of Safety
Older Adults May Be Taking Dangerous Medication Combinations
Verification Nurses Identify Chemotherapy Order Errors and Improve Patient Safety
Respecting Hazardous Drugs Protects Nurses, Patients and Eliminates Fear
Celebrate Patient Safety Week
March 13-19, 2016 marks Safety Awareness Week. It encourages both patients and healthcare professionals to take a role in promoting patient safety. This is an appropriate message, because it takes everyone working together to make care as safe as possible for patients, families, and the healthcare professionals who provide this care.
New Hazardous Drug Safe Handling Guidelines May Require Changes for Your Practice
Recognizing Smart Catches All Day, Every Day
Evaluating Security in the Outpatient Setting
It has been a little over a year since cardiologist Dr. Michael J. Davidson, 44, was shot and killed at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He was murdered during the day by the son of a patient he treated who had died a few months prior to the shooting. I remember that day well. I was working in my clinic and all of us wondered, “How could this happen? And could it happen in our clinic?” I like to think that all of our patients and families are thankful and appreciative for all we do for them, but unfortunately that isn't always the case.
Using the I'M SAFE Method to Create a Culture of Safety
Fostering a Culture of Safety: Is Less Really More From the Patient Perspective?
There is currently a huge focus on patient safety. It's not just in the news and literature. It pervades the clinical environment. I'm currently spending my days between two major teaching hospitals and an outpatient cancer institute, all in Boston, MA. Some of the safety concerns I have encountered just in the past week include
What You Wear Matters When It Comes to Safety
“Hey, you didn’t dress up for me today. Where’s your pretty blue dress?”
At first I wasn’t sure what the patient in the chemotherapy chair was talking about. After a moment, I realized the patient was referring to the blue safety gowns we wear. I heard the infusion nurse respond as she removed the chemotherapy from the hazard bag, “Oh yeah, I’m kind of in a hurry today.”
While the patient could possibly benefit from the chemotherapy, for the nurse that same drug posed a serious hazard.