Twitter Chat: Patient Safety In All Settings

Twitter Chat

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
2:00-3:00 pm Eastern Time

Participate with the hashtag #PSAW16chat

Background

Much of the work done to improve patient safety over the past 15 years has addressed hospital settings. This work has yielded some progress, with one notable example being the reduction of health care associated infections.

Yet the vast majority of health care in the US is delivered outside of hospitals – in doctors’ officers, clinics, ambulatory surgery centers, retail pharmacies, dialysis centers, and other settings. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that there are more than 1 billion outpatient encounters each year, compared to 35 million hospital admissions.

Little is known about the epidemiology of medical errors and adverse events in outpatient settings (see Lorincz et al 2011). Outpatient facilities often lack the infrastructure of hospitals, such as reporting mechanisms and dedicated personnel to focus on safety.

During this Twitter chat, we’ll discuss safety issues that are common to all settings. Participants will be encouraged to share tips about what patients should be aware of, as well as resources, strategies, and articles for patients and professionals who want to try to improve safety across the continuum of care.

Topic areas that we’ll touch upon will include:

  • Medication errors and adverse events
  • Communication and care transitions
  • Diagnostic errors
  • Infections

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