This article aims to provide acute care providers with advanced techniques in the management of opioid overdoses, including the use of naloxone, the opioid receptor antagonist, as well as harm reduction management strategies aimed at long-term risk mitigation in this vulnerable population.
TJC has clarified its position on pain management, and it is underscoring its belief that drugs are not always required to manage pain. The statement followed a letter sent by more than 60 non-profit groups and medical experts to TJC that asked it to revisit its pain management standards.
Patient heard remarks suggesting sexual abuse, plus possible malpractice
June 6, 2016
A patient’s secret recording of her surgery revealed what one risk manager calls “inexcusable and reprehensible” behavior, including disparaging remarks about her body, comments that could be considered racially offensive, and suggestions that the woman be touched inappropriately by members of the OR team. The recording also documents what could be malpractice: a surgeon administering penicillin after he verbally acknowledged her allergy.
In light of recent high profile cases of sexual assault and harassment in healthcare facilities, risk managers should assess whether their policies and procedures are strong enough to produce an adequate response when staff members or patients report these incidents, one experienced risk manager suggests.
Boston hospital pays record amount for drug diversion allegations
December 18, 2015
In the largest settlement of its kind involving allegations of drug diversion at a hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston has agreed to pay the United States $2.3 million to resolve allegations that lax controls enabled MGH employees to divert controlled substances for personal use. MGH voluntarily disclosed the diversion.