Our smallest patients are the most vulnerable to medication errors. An awareness of potential vulnerabilities when prescribing in this population is essential. The authors discuss when medication errors are particularly likely, common types of errors, and strategies to minimize the potential for errors.
A report calling medical errors the third leading cause of death has serious flaws that make that conclusion invalid, according to a physician. He says the report contributes to an irrational hysteria over medical errors.
Hospital registrars held accountable for clean claims
May 10, 2016
Patient access leaders at Marion (IN) General Hospital wrote rules, tested, and trained more than 70 registrars before going live with a new electronic quality assurance tool in March 2014. The tool (AhiQA, manufactured by Alpharetta, GA-based Relay Health) allows registrars to see errors right after the registration is complete, so they can correct them immediately.
A recent issue of the Safety Matters newsletter from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, includes stories about two errors that threatened patient safety. The incidents are typical of the errors shared publicly by the hospital.