Sunday, November 9, 2014

Patient Safety in the News through November 9, 2014

NEJM published a study revealing that by merely adopting an I-PASS patient hand-off system (“I” illness severity,  “P” patient summary,  “A” action list,  “S” situation awareness and contingency plans and “S” synthesis) residents decreased miscommunications and medical errors by 23%.  

Pediatrics published a study analyzing outpatient medication errors amount young children. 27% of medication errors were related to parents inadvertently giving children medication twice.

Joseph Goedert reported that the Cleveland Clinic will be expanding its use of the IBM Watson Supercomputer to help oncologists deliver personalized treatment to cancer patients. The computer be used to identify patterns in genome sequences and also to review databases of medical journals.

Hannah Nichols discussed a study published in Arthritis Care & Research, which demonstrated that low birth weight and preterm birth are associated with an increased risk of hip osteoarthritis requiring surgery.

Academic Radiology published a study that demonstrated that when residents were interrupted while interpreting radiographic studies, they committed more errors.

Mary Elizabeth Dallas discussed an article published in the Journal of Athletic Training which demonstrated that (a) 50% of highs school athletes are not likely to report a concussion and (b) 25% of college players are likely to play with a concussion. Additionally, 25% of high school athletes surveyed reported receiving no education about concussions at all.