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Do medical device companies wait too long on recalls?

A study has found an under-reaction to adverse events related to devices. Read a news article from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune here http://www.startribune.com/study-finds-companies-inclined-to-wait-too-long-to-recall-medical-devices/414118423/

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Groups Protest 28-Hour Shifts for Medical Residents

According to this article in the Chicago Tribune, "Several groups are speaking out against a proposal to allow new doctors to work up to 28-hour shifts — an idea that's raised questions about patient safety, physician well-being and what's necessary to train great doctors." Read the article http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-medical-residents-hours-0204-biz-20170203-story.html

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Communication Skills Matter for Patients, Too

For patients, practicing good communication skills is often a defensive action. Read this blog post on the EngagingPatients.org blog, http://www.engagingpatients.org/effective-communication-skills/the-patients-communication-skills-matter-too/

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Lean and the Perfect Patient Experience

Sharing this editorial from the February issue of BMJ Quality & Safety, http://qualitysafety.bmj.com/content/26/2/85.long

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National Patient Safety Week Activites

Hello! My name is Jessica and I was wondering if others would be willing to share what kinds of activities their facility does in honor of Patient Safety Week. Thank you!

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Patient Power through Medical Records

This op-ed in the Boston Globe details the long journey to give patient access to their medical records, http://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2017/01/07/patient-power-through-records/ejve99vDO4ADXvG5NHsJ0O/story.html

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Senate Committee Calls for Ban on Concurrent Surgery

From the Boston Globe: "A powerful Senate committee wants all hospitals to explicitly ban surgeons from overseeing two simultaneous operations, weighing in on a controversy that... spurred a national debate on patient safety."

Read the full story at http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/12/05/senate-committee-calls-for-ban-surgeons-doing-simultaneous-operations/EYjO9jiAfLYJsliIrdY4LO/story.html

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Consumer Reports Looks at Hospital Acquired Infections

Central-line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) are deadly, costly, and largely preventable. Read the article, http://www.consumerreports.org/hospital-safety/hospital-acquired-infections-zero-tolerance/

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November Is National Family Caregiver Month

"Take Care to Give Care" is the theme of this year's National Family Caregiver month. Visit the Caregiver Action Network for information about being a caregiver. http://caregiveraction.org/national-family-caregivers-month-theme/

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How Patient Engagement, Education Can Improve Medication Safety

New research from the ONC shows that providers can better detect prescribing errors through strong patient engagement and education, ultimately improving medication safety. Read the story from Patient Engagement HIT, http://patientengagementhit.com/news/how-patient-engagement-education-can-improve-medication-safety

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A Patient's Advice on How to Improve the Health Care Experience

Brian Boyle was in a near-fatal car accident as a young man. Read his thoughts on how to better communication and compassion can improve health care, http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2016/11/patients-advice-improve-health-care-experience.html

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Take the Quiz on Antibiotic Use

Do you think you know all about the safe use of antibiotics? Take this quiz from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in advance of Get Smart About Antibiotics Weeks, http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/community/about/quiz.html

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Halloween Warning: Keep Medications Separate from Candy

According to the Up, Up, and Away Campaign, pills and candy can look, smell, and even taste alike. If you cannot tell the difference, your kid's can't either. Read more, https://americansecuritytoday.com/halloween-alert-keep-meds-sight-avoid-candy-confusion/

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National Pharmacy Week Is October 16-22

View this video for consumers presented by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, https://youtu.be/152dfgadI7U

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October 16-22 Is International Infection Prevention Week

Consumers can find a wealth of information about how to protect themselves from infection on the APIC website for consumers, http://www.apic.org/For-Consumers/Patient-safety-resources

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APIC Study Shows Parents Cite Lack of Need as Reason for Not Getting Kids Flu Shot

From the Association for Professionals in Infection Control:

Arlington, Va, September 29, 2016 – Despite the fact that influenza leads to more hospitalizations and deaths among children than any other vaccine-preventable disease, parents frequently decline vaccinating their children against influenza because they don’t perceive the need, according to a new case-control study published in the October issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

Read more at http://www.apic.org/For-Media/News-Releases/Article?id=d5a05cc3-410b-4997-8848-9cc8efd629f4

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12 Medical Mistakes that Can Harm You

The AARP magazine recently interviewed health experts to provide these tips. View the slide show, http://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2016/hospital-medical-mistakes-photos.html#slide1

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Groups Urge Robust Patient Engagement in Meaningful Use Stage 3

The Consumer Partnership for eHealth (CPeH) is urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to maintain robust objectives and measures that promote health information access and exchange between patients and eligible hospitals. Read the press release, http://www.nationalpartnership.org/news-room/press-releases/leading-consumer-patient-labor-groups-urge-cms-to-maintain-robust-consumer-ehealth-requirements.html

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Discussion Forum

Do medical device companies wait too long on recalls?
A study has found an under-reaction to adverse events related to devices. Read a news article from the Minneapolis St...
Groups Protest 28-Hour Shifts for Medical Residents
According to this article in the Chicago Tribune, "Several groups are speaking out against a proposal to allow new do...
Communication Skills Matter for Patients, Too
For patients, practicing good communication skills is often a defensive action. Read this blog post on the EngagingPa...
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The National Patient Safety Foundation salutes Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals for their generous support of this year's Patient Safety Awareness Week and their ongoing commitment to patient and workforce safety.