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The Patient"s Guide to Preventing Medical Errors

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Published by Praeger Publishers .
Written in English


  • Medicine: General Issues,
  • Health & Fitness,
  • Consumer Health,
  • Health/Fitness,
  • Health Care Issues,
  • Health & Fitness / General,
  • General,
  • Medical errors,
  • Prevention,
  • United States

Book details:

The Physical Object
Number of Pages288
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL10289482M
ISBN 100275982300
ISBN 109780275982300

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THE PREVENTION OF MEDICAL ERRORS. A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE. Published By: The Institute for Advanced Therapeutics, Inc. P.O. Box Pembroke Pines, Florida tel. fax. This course was developed to help expand the knowledge and skills of massage therapists and bodyworkers with respect to the subject of. the prevention of errors in patient safety.3 This report drew attention to the significant problem of medical errors in the healthcare system, one type of which is medication errors. Other reports published after have drawn attention to patient safety improvement efforts, including 5-, , and. systems to prevent medication errors and patient harm from these agents. Although the guidelines are intended primar-ily to address use of chemotherapy and biotherapy agents in cancer treatment, some recommendations may be more broadly applicable across the medication-use system. These. This point self-assessment helps organizations ensure EHR tools are leveraged to prevent patient identification errors. Such methods include warning when multiple patients have the same first and last name, as well as limiting the number of open and active records of patients on any given workstation.

Article contributed by: Emily Newhook, Community Relations Manager for [email protected] at The Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University. Defining Adverse Medical Events. Mistakes can happen anywhere, but when it comes to fields like health care – where errors can have life-threatening consequences – we hold people to a higher standard. Health care professionals whose focus is on patient safety are very familiar with these alarming and frequently cited statistics from the Institute of Medicine: medical errors result in the death of betw patients every year. The FDA enhanced its efforts to reduce medication errors by dedicating more resources to drug safety, which included forming a new division on medication errors at the agency in Medical errors can occur anywhere in the health care system--in hospitals, clinics, surgery centers, doctors' offices, nursing homes, pharmacies, and patients' homes--and can have serious consequences. Errors can involve medicines, surgery, diagnosis, equipment, or lab reports. AHRQ has sponsored hundreds of patient safety research and implementation projects to prevent and reduce medical errors.

  Truog also is a coauthor of Talking with Patients and Families about Medical Error: A Guide for Education and Practice, a Boston Children’s Hospital intensive care physician, and a professor of medical ethics, anesthesiology, and pediatrics. Decades ago, physicians didn’t give much thought to medical errors, Truog explains. Note that the links in the Medication Guides database go directly to the first page of the Medication Guide within the drug label. Please check the number of Medication Guide pages before printing. Thus, medication errors—including close calls—must not be taken lightly, and risk-reduction strategies and systems should be established to prevent or mitigate patient harm from medication. Similarly, adequate and effective communication between nurses, other Medicare providers and patients also play a key role in reducing medication errors (Aspden, ). Lack of common language between nurse and patient, unclear words or writing are some of the causes of language barrier.