For the last several years, there has been a startling mortality trend emerging in the United States: Each year, middle-aged white Americans are dying at a faster clip than any of their counterparts in different age groups, ethnicities, or countries.
A report released by a leading patient safety organization emphasizes the importance of safety culture as part of a broader call for healthcare facilities to transition to a "total systems approach" to care.
For the last two years, healthcare organizations have been working to comply with the first phase of The Joint Commission's alarm management National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG). As of January 1, 2016, they'll have to contend with the second phase as well.
Healthcare can be a stressful industry to work in, particularly when something goes wrong. Instead of relying on humans to react under pressure, one organization is offering a structured approach to patient safety failures.
One of the duodenoscope manufacturers at the center of a series of infectious outbreaks dating back to 2012 has announced plans to recall its current model and replace it with a new FDA-approved design.