Building a Better Delivery System: A New Engineering/Health Care Partnership

National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine published this book emphasized the need for two disciplines working together to address the health care and patient safety issues.

New Vistas in Patient Safety and Simulation

New Vistas in Patient Safety and Simulation is a good resource for update collections of medical simulation in patient safety.

Public awareness of patient safety

Patient safety issue appeared on recent 60-Minutes story of Dennis Quaid family. Also see the WSJ.

New Healthcare Notification Network

“Moving patient safety online and out of the U.S. Mail” says Nancy Dickey, M.D., chair of the iHealth Alliance and past president of the American Medical Association. Check the new Health Care Notification Network

Should we also use this for all the safety related statistics, like Sentinel Event Statistics? Or connect the data with ASA Closed Claim Project ?

Airplane disaster every other day?

Lots of people are talking about Americans die each year as a result of medical errors as high as 98,000 (1999 data) from To Err is Human. More people die in a given year as a result of medical errors than from motor vehicle accidents (43,458), breast cancer (42,297), or AIDS (16,516).

Look this number in other way, assume each commercial airplane has 500+ passengers, 98,000 per year / 500 per airplane crash = 196 airplane crash/year. That is airplane disaster every other day. Do you accept this reality? Do general public accept this reality?

 

Even Dummies Wear Seatbelts

What patients talk about their own experience of the disase?

Check out the new website. patientslikeme . Also the WHOISSICK. This will give you some ideas how patient report their own diseases.  What this impact on physician’s practices is not known yet?

When you talked about patient safety and quality, beyond the team approach from care providers (MD, RN, RT, etc. ), how to let patient involve the discussion is critical to address patients centered care from IOM prospecitve.  AHRQ is also taking actions to address this issue.

When Good Doctors Make Mistakes

Two interesting articles from New Yorker “When Doctors Make Mistakes” and “Good Doctors Go Bed

SICU Critical Care Safety Study

Checklist in Healthcare

Does checklist help health care providers or not during their practices? Please see three parts blogs from Charles D. Baker (President and CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Inc.).

Also read (January 15, 2008)OHRP Statement Regarding The New York Times Op-Ed Entitled “A Lifesaving Checklist”

The checklist also make sense to business.

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