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. A Culture of Safety at the CDC
    It’s two steps forward and one step back when the CDC calls for a culture of safety, but the media misses the point. Read this reflection regarding last week’s coverage of the CDC’s public explanation of how the agency is responding to recent lapses in safety protocol.
  2. A Medical Student Speaks Up and Saves a Life
    Because understaffing poses such a serious problem in so many hospitals today, a culture that fosters clear and open communication by all care team members is crucial. Here’s a story of what happened when one “low man on the totem pole” resisted the urge to hold his tongue.
  3. Online Patient Stories Illustrate Impact of Health IT
    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has posted a new page on its HealthIT.gov website highlighting the stories of people who have experienced the frustrations of the healthcare system and now have found themselves positioned as leaders in the effort to further the adoption of Health IT.