Electronic Health Records: A Closed-Loop System that Places Patients at the Center of Care

EDITOR’S NOTE: Hospitals like Gothenburg Memorial Hospital are making the switch from paper to electronic health records to help reduce human error and improve workflow efficiency. Hard copies of patient information, lab results and prescriptions can easily be misplaced or misfiled, but with electronic health records, doctors can access an entire patient record with a single click of a mouse. For increased...

How to Evaluate Patient Safety in Your Practice

EDITOR’S NOTE: Every day, patients are harmed or nearly harmed at healthcare facilities across the nation. Is there a certain procedure or specific department where a higher percentage of patients are put at greater risk for injury? If so, when is the last time your organization re-evaluated the processes in place to protect patients from accidental injury? Dr. Robert...

Reduce Specimen Misidentification Errors with Bar Code Point of Care Labeling

According to the College of American Pathologists (CAP), approximately 169,000 adverse events occur in U.S. hospitals annually due to sample identification errors, with 55% of all specimen ID errors stemming from a primary specimen labeling error. Acknowledging this risk, one of the Joint Commission’s top National Patient Safety Goal’s standards is to “label containers used for blood and other specimens in the presence of the patient.” Although...

5 Must-Have Resources for Patient Safety in Hospitals

EDITOR’S NOTE: The spread of infection is a serious risk for patients who are admitted in the hospital for a prolonged period of time, or for those patients undergoing surgical procedures. In recognition of National Patient Safety Awareness Week, here’s a quick and helpful list of patient safety must-haves for healthcare organizations: As featured in Infection Control Today, published Mar. 5,...

Bar Codes: Protecting Patients of Every Demographic

You’re working the night shift in the ER when a concerned mother, holding her young child, rushes to the front desk in a state of panic. The child’s temperature has risen to an alarming degree and he is complaining of an indescribable pain in his lower abdomen. The mother has come to the one place she trusts implicitly with...