mednews-logo.300We know you’re busy, but we don’t want you to miss important healthcare quality and patient safety news. Here 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. IT Rounding Pays Off for Nurses, Patients…and IT Staff
    Learn how one Texas healthcare system is redefining the way its IT department works with clinicians and staff via a highly proactive approach to troubleshooting, training and equipment upkeep.  HealthLeaders
  2. ‘Overriding’ patient safety features of medication-use technologies: 5 study findings
    Access research conducted by the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority focused on instances where clinicians override built-in safety features intended to prevent unsafe conditions and medical errors associated with medication use. Becker’s Infection Control & Clinical Quality
  3. Safety or Fear?
    Read about one couple’s struggle to establish the truth about why their nine-day-old son died before ever leaving the hospital so that others might learn from their tragic story. patientsafetyfirst
  4. New FDA Safety Warnings on Immediate-Release Opioids
    Labels on IR opioid pain medications will now include a boxed warning regarding risks for misuse, abuse, addiction, overdose and death. Medscape
  5. FDA Proposes Ban of Powdered Medical Gloves
    With hospitals like the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins Medicine already halting the use of powered surgical and examination gloves, the FDA is recommending a nationwide ban of the supplies. Read the FDA’s proposal intended to protect patients and clinicians here.   Medscape
  6. Fatal Mistakes
    Even the best nurses and doctors make mistakes. This story, which details how one once lauded pediatric nurse fell from leading performer to second victim, gives reason for pause when it comes to how organizations respond when medical errors happen.   Vox

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