mednews-logo.300We 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 and 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. Teach Back: Reduce the Cost of Poor Patient Education
    Read this blogger’s personal account of how a different approach to discharge instructions helped to empower a family to successfully provide the at-home care their family member needed.
  2. PPAHS Joins Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation in Call for a “Paradigm Shift” in Opioid Safety
    Download a powerful video that shows how continuous electronic monitoring of oxygenation and ventilation can greatly decrease the likelihood of unrecognized, life- threatening, opioid-induced respiratory impairment.
  3.  Joint Commission to Add New Patient Safety Chapter to Manual
    Learn more about the new chapter on Patient Safety Systems and The Joint Commission’s revised definition of “sentinel events” both which will be included in the agency’s Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Hospitals beginning January 1. 2015. 
  4. STUDY: Fear and Distrust of System Prompt Repeat ED Visits
    Patients who return to the Emergency Department within just a few days of an ED discharge do so primarily because they don’t believe they are going to get timely and quality follow-up care and because they’re worried about the potential for disease progression, according to a study published online in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.