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Sexual Assaults at VA Hospitals

Changes in patient demographics present unique challenges for VA in providing safe environments for all veterans treated in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities. GAO (Government Accountability Office)was asked to examine whether or not sexual assault incidents are fully reported … Continue reading

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Handoffs and Lack of Communication

The Joint Commission, which accredits most hospitals in the US and many abroad, consistently identifies communication as the number one cause of medical errors. Healthcare providers are increasingly becoming aware of the opportunities for information to get lost during handoffs. … Continue reading

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What could go wrong? Nursing malpractice examples

These examples represent some of the cases I have seen as a legal nurse consultant: * the hospitalized patient who was alert, oriented, and ambulatory until the nurse administered an inappropriate dose of Morphine, resulting in a serious overdose; * … Continue reading

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Protecting Pediatric Patients From Medical Harm

The revised American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement, “Principles of Pediatric Patient Safety: Reducing Harm Due to Medical Care,” appearing in the June 2011 issue of Pediatrics (published online Monday, May 30), cites several studies including one that found seven … Continue reading

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Cardiac monitors – wrong patient name

There is a new alert from the patient safety organization, ECRI. They advise healthcare professionals to be alert to the risks of improperly identified cardiac monitors. Here is what happens. A patient in an intensive care unit or a telemetry … Continue reading

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