The Institute of Medicine (IOM) just released a new consensus study entitled Improving Diagnosis in Health Care. According to IOM, diagnostic error affects 1 in 20 patients or approximately 12 million people in the U.S. each year and despite those numbers is an area that has not been well studied. The new report summarizes the evidence and outlines recommendations to make diagnoses more accurate, reliable, efficient, and safe. The report is available for free download at: http://Nas.edu/improvingdiagnosis
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released Supplemental Measures to Enhance Duodenoscope Reprocessing: FDA Safety Communication. According to the FDA, a detailed list of supplemental duodenoscope reprocessing measures emerged from an agency-led expert panel meeting earlier this year. Hospitals and health care facilities that utilize duodenoscopes can, in addition to meticulously following manufacturer reprocessing instructions, take one or more of these additional steps to further reduce the risk of infection and increase the safety of these medical devices.
Healthy workplaces increase clinician and staff engagement, improve patient safety and increase patient satisfaction within the health care setting. More engaged employees are also better able to manage the ever-changing health care climate. A healthier workplace also positively impacts patient outcomes, organizational effectiveness and efficiency.
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) has released new guidelines, ISMP Safe Practice Guidelines for Adult IV Push Medications, to assist health care professionals in reducing the risk of IV push medications. ISMP reports that the guidelines were developed as part of a national summit held by ISMP in 2014 to address safety concerns reported through ISMP’s National Medication Errors Reporting Program.
ONC Health IT will present its ninth webinar of the 10-part series on health IT safety on August 20, 2015 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. CDT. The webinar, Information, Transparency and Health IT Safety, presents perspectives on information transparency and health IT safety from the viewpoints of the patient, the practitioner, leaders of health systems improvement and policymakers.