Preventing Patient Harm

Can Hospitals Police Themselves to Avoid Too-Risky Surgeries?

Can Hospitals Police Themselves to Avoid Too-Risky Surgeries?

Posted by  | Measurement of Safety and Quality, Preventing Patient Harm

Imagine you were seeking major surgery, and the hospital's consent form contained this surprise statement, which you were asked to initial: "I understand that this surgeon and hospital have not performed this procedure in the last 12 months. As such, I accept the greater risk of complications and even death." It's hard to believe that(...)

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Mining Patients’ Wisdom for Safer Care

Mining Patients’ Wisdom for Safer Care

Posted by  | Patient-Centered Care, Preventing Patient Harm

Consider, for a moment, that you are a new physician. A patient, who is a lifelong smoker, comes to your clinic complaining of shortness of breath, and after conducting several tests you diagnose him with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Relying on your training, you prescribe medications, arrange for follow-up visits and describe activities that can(...)

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New Bloggers, New Name, Same Mission

New Bloggers, New Name, Same Mission

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More than a decade ago, a team of Johns Hopkins safety and quality scholars began meeting in a small office building along the Baltimore waterfront to discuss their research ideas. Physicians, nurses, a psychologist, economists, public health researchers and others would describe their goals, and then see how they could help one another to achieve(...)

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Health Care Shouldn’t Judge Itself by Flawed Tests

Health Care Shouldn’t Judge Itself by Flawed Tests

Posted by  | Measurement of Safety and Quality, Preventing Patient Harm

As standardized exam scores increasingly define success for students, teachers and schools, parents worry about the dangers of “teaching to the test”—and of their children being judged by tests with low or unknown validity. We want our children to perform well on tests, of course, yet only if they measure something that students, patients and(...)

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New Ebola Training Modules Will Help Safeguard Patients, Providers, and the Public

New Ebola Training Modules Will Help Safeguard Patients, Providers, and the Public

Posted by  | Designing Safer Systems, Preventing Patient Harm

Your body is covered from head to toe in protective equipment, and it’s 115 degrees Fahrenheit inside your outfit. Your hands sweat under two pairs of gloves. An ill-fitting hood creeps down your forehead and nearly covers your eyes, but you cannot touch your head to shift it back up. To top it off, the(...)

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