mednewsWe know you’re busy, but we don’t want you to miss important healthcare quality and patient safety news. Below is a roundup of stories you may have missed but need to take a look at before calling it a week. (Sign up on the right if you’d like these news alerts delivered to you.)

  1. 5 Scary Things About Healthcare Quality
    Topping this list is the updated estimate that as many as 440,000 deaths a year could be attributed to preventable medical errors. Find out what other unfathomable events and circumstances made this Health Leaders Media article.
  2. Joint Commission Alert: Preventing Retained Surgical Items
    Read The Joint Commission’s Sentinel Event Alert issued this week urging hospitals and surgery centers to reexamine processes intended to prevent objects including sponges, towels and instruments from being left inside a patient’s body after surgery. Consider TJC’s list of recommendations for implementing new policies and improving existing processes.
  3. Britain’s Patient Safety Crisis Holds Lessons for All
    According to Maureen Bisognano, President and CEO with IHI, who served alongside Dr. Don Berwick on the National Advisory Group on the Safety of Patients in England, there are three key lessons that every hospital leader can learn from the alarming breakdowns in quality and patient safety that happened at Mid Staffordshire Trust. Read the committee’s landmark report, A Promise to Learn – A Commitment to Act and find out why paying attention to and communicating clearly with all stakeholders is critical.