Monthly Archives: February 2011

Patient Safety Hindered by Low Nursing Staffing

Read the press release of concerned nurses at Tufts Medical Center in Boston: It is with great interest for the future of Tufts Medical Center in Boston that the registered nurses of this hospital respond to the pending retirement of … Continue reading

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Kidney transplant patient gets the wrong kidney

On January 29, 2011, a USC Hospital patient in Los Angeles received a kidney intended for another person. The program was immediately closed while an investigation took place. Digging into the facts showed that the mix-up occurred when two kidneys … Continue reading

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Alarm fatigue

Medical equipment often has alarms, which create a constant din in the background. On a 15-bed unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, staff documented an average of 942 alarms per day — about 1 critical alarm every 90 seconds. … Continue reading

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It is about patient safety

This is a brief video about the efforts to improve patient safety in Colorado. It provides an analogy to investigating a plane crash and how that process needs to be applied to investigating a medical crash. A Broken System from … Continue reading

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Smoking and Obesity: Killers

On this day traditionally associated with chocolates and indulgence, I offer a sobering word about obesity. Life expectancy in the United States is lower than in many other high-income nations due in large part to the nation’s history of heavy … Continue reading

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