Friday, September 16, 2005


Welcome to Patient Safety: Focus on Information and Knowledge Transfer.

Patient safety is an exciting field. Here I hope to faciliate a multidisciplinary opportunity for the sharing of stories, successes and tools that illustrate the importance of effective information and knowledge delvery in patient safety. We can all learn from each other - so please invite patients, safety scientists, physicians, nurses, organizational behaviorists and others that you feel might be interested in the discourse to join us.

Let the conversation begin!


rrcampbell3 said...

Great idea! I have been a "fan" for years. . .followed your good work at the NPSF for years. I am involved in patient safety research at a VHA center in Florida. I am particularly interested in consumer empowerment initiatives, provider report cards, healthcare advocacy research, and policy issues concerning consumer access to information on iatrogenic injury information on providers.
I look forward to participating.

Paul Elliott Dahl said...

Recommended Book

Management Mistakes in Healthcare: Identification, Correction and Prevention. Edited by Paul B. Hofmann and Frankie Perry. Cambridge University Press. [RA-971-.M537-2005]
Specific Chapters:
What Medical Errors Can Tell Us About Management Mistakes (Chapter 4, pg. 74-83)
Medical Errors: Paradise Hills Medical Center [Case Study] (Chapter 7, pg. 119-134)

Recommended Journal Article Citations in Selected Categories

Device Safety

Medical Devices Needed for Children. Carol Rados. FDA Consumer. Volume 39, #5, pg. 16-17. September 2005.

General Safety

Can Electronic Medical Record Systems Transform Health Care? Potential Health Benefits, Savings, and Costs. Richard Hillestad, James Bigelow, Anthony Bower, Federico Girosi, Robin Meili, Richard Scoville, and Roger Taylor. Volume 24, #5, pg. 1103-1117. September/October 2005.
Much of the September/October 2005 issue is devoted to electronic medical records.

Chaos and Complexity: Applications for Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety. Heidi Benson. Journal for Healthcare Quality. Volume 27, #5, pg. 4-10. September/October 2005.

Fixing Health Care from the Inside, Today. Steven J. Spear. Harvard Business Review. Volume 83, #9, pg. 78-91. September 2005.

Nursing2005 Patient-Safety Survey. Martin Manno, Patricia Hogan, Valerie Heberlein, and Josephine Nyakiti. Nursing2005. Volume 35, #9, pg. 7-8. September 2005.

When Your Patient Threatens to Walk. Edward E. Leech. RN. Volume 68, #9, pg. 56-59. September 2005.

One Hospital System's Safety Plan for Domestic Violence Victims. Michael Hoke. Journal of Healthcare Protection Management. Volume 21, #2, pg. 56-66. Summer 2005.

Infection Control

Got Mold? Hospitals Make Progress in the Fight Against Fungus. Beth Burmahl. Journal of Healthcare Protection Management. Volume 21, #2, pg. 22-32. Summer 2005.

Computer Equipment Used in Patient Care Within a Multihospital System: Recommendations for Cleaning and Disinfection. Alice N. Neely, Joan M. Weber, Patricia Daviau, Alastair MacGregor, Carols Miranda, Marie Nell, Patricia Bush, and Donald Lighter. AJIC: American Journal of Infection Control. Volume 33, #4, pg. 233-237. May 2005.

Guidance on Public Reporting of Healthcare-Associated Infections: Recommendations of the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee. Linda McKibben, Teresa Horan, Jerome I. Tokars, Gabrielle Fowler, Denise M. Cardo, Michele L. Pearson, Patrick J. Brennan, and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee. AJIC: American Journal of Infection Control. Volume 33, #4, pg. 217-226. May 2005.

Medication Safety

Medication Safety—Reliability of Preference Cards. Anthony Dawson, Michael J. Orsini, Mary R. Cooper, and Karol Wollenburg. AORN Journal. Volume 82, #3, pg. 399, 401-404, 406-407, 409-412, 414. September 2005.

Professional Accountability

Whistleblower Protection for Nurses and Other Health Care Professionals. Melinda Drew and Katherine Garrahan. Journal of Nursing Law. Volume 10, #2, pg. 79-87. Summer 2005.

Restraint/Seclusion Use

Encouraging Alternatives to Seclusion, Restraint, and Reliance on PRN Drugs in a Public Psychiatric Hospital. Dennis C. Donat. Psychiatric Services. Volume 56, #9, pg. 1105-1108. September 2005.

Safety Tools

Learning from Unexpected Events: A Root Cause Analysis Training Program. Stormy C. Sweitzer and Michael P. Silver. Journal for Healthcare Quality. Volume 27, #5, pg. 11-19. September/October 2005.

Sara T. said...

Good idea, Lorri, and best wishes!
All, do yall use Google Scholar? If you only have access to the free Web, this at least sorts out some of the chaff, plus you can limit to bio/life/enviro sciences hits:
Also recommend Elsevier's for a free, better-than-generic Web search engine.
(The link to Google news got me thinking.)
Sara T.