Health Care Systems Embarking on Widespread Quality-Control Push
- The long road to ensuring patient safety in NHS hospitals. Dyer, Clare // BMJ: British Medical Journal;6/1/2013, Vol. 346 Issue 7910, p16
The article discusses a case of 18 month old Joshua Loveday's complicated switch heart operation at Bristol Royal Infirmary in Bristol, Great Britain, who died on the operating table. It states that the National Health Service hospitals have focused on ensuring patient safety and reduce the...
- Healthgrades releases annual Hospital Quality in America Study. // Healthcare Purchasing News;Dec2010, Vol. 34 Issue 12, p8
The article reports on the 2011 release of the "Thirteenth Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study," which was conducted by the hospital care quality evaluation agency Healthgrades.
- Lack of specialist diabetes teams in hospitals is "absolutely disgraceful," says NHS clinical lead. Torjesen, Ingrid // BMJ: British Medical Journal (Overseas & Retired Doctors Edition;5/19/2012, Vol. 344 Issue 7857, p2
The article reports that the quality of life and health of diabetics are being put at risk by the poor care standard they receive in primary and secondary care, in which the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommended simple regular medical check ups.
- What is the main cause of avoidable harm to patients? Caldwell, Gordon // BMJ: British Medical Journal (Overseas & Retired Doctors Edition;9/11/2010, Vol. 341 Issue 7772, p558
The author reflects on the negative impact of serious errors in working diagnoses formulated by hospitals' medical team on the quality of healthcare provided to inpatients. He describes his efforts in improving the care that his team of doctors and nurses give to inpatients since attending the...
- Staff collaboration boosts adoption of best practices. // RN;Nov2002, Vol. 65 Issue 11, phf2
The article reports on the launch of the quality improvement project by CareGroup, a network of six hospitals in eastern Massachusetts. 17 best practices that could reduce medication errors was identified by the Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors and the Institute for...
- Staff face ever-closer scrutiny in bid to ensure quality of care. Snow, Tamsin // Nursing Standard;7/18/2012, Vol. 26 Issue 46, p12
Can hospital performance data provide an early warning system to avert disasters such as those seen at Mid Staffs? Tamsin Snow reports.
- APPLICATION OF SIX SIGMA METHODOLOGY TO REDUCE MEDICATION ERRORS IN THE OUTPATIENT PHARMACY UNIT: A CASE STUDY FROM THE KING FAHD UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL, SAUDI ARABIA. Al Kuwaiti, Ahmed // International Journal for Quality Research;2016, Vol. 10 Issue 2, p267
Medication errors will affect the patient safety and quality of healthcare. The aim of this study is to analyze the effect of Six Sigma (DMAIC) methodology in reducing medication errors in the outpatient pharmacy of King Fahd Hospital of the University, Saudi Arabia. It was conducted through the...
- Interruptions during drug rounds: an observational study. Kreckler, Simon; Catchpole, Ken; Bottomley, Matthew; Handa, Ashok; McCulloch, Peter // British Journal of Nursing;11/27/2008, Vol. 17 Issue 21, p1326
Drug administration errors are a common problem; they contribute to unintended patient harm and may in part be due to distractions during the drug administration round. In this study, a prospective sample of 38 drug rounds on an acute surgical ward were observed, and their duration, time spent...
- The privatization of quality. Lovern, Ed // Modern Healthcare;01/28/2002, Vol. 32 Issue 4, p48
Reports that the private sector is pushing efforts toward addressing medical errors in hospitals in the United States. Prospects of a legislation on medical care quality; Scope of the reporting system of the National Quality Forum for medical errors; Health care associations which have unveiled...