mednews-logo.300We know you’re busy, but we don’t want you to miss important healthcare quality and patient safety news. Here’s 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. My Nursing Unit is Unsafe! What Does a Nurse Do?
    Nurse blogger and bestselling author, Elizabeth Scala offers three unconventional strategies any nurse can use to create a culture of safety at work. Elizabeth Scala: Nursing from Within
  2. AHA Questions ONC Approach to Measuring EHR Interoperability
    “The AHA recommends that ONC expand its scope of measurement beyond just the exchange and use of electronic health information to include whether we have the standards, technology and infrastructure needed to support these goals,” writes Ashley Thompson, Senior Vice President of Public Policy Analysis and Development. EHR Intelligence
  3. HHS and ONC post transparency data to make buying EHRs easier 
    Link to a new site, developed by HHS and ONC, designed to put in “plain language” the information decision-makers need in order compare products before purchasing health IT software.  Healthcare IT News
  4. Never Events for Hospital Care in Canada
    Learn about the formation of Canada’s “Never Events Action Team” created to study and ultimately reduce occurrences of the most serious types of preventable adverse events. Download the team’s Incident Management Toolkit here. CPSI
  5. A Program to Prevent Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection in Acute Care 
    An article published in The New England Journal of Medicine details how a national project called the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) has helped to significantly reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections in hospitals. The New England Journal of Medicine
  6. The Healthcare Safety Machine Is Broken
    Consider the impact system safety engineering and human factors engineering can have on culture change if patients, relatives, staff, administrators, regulators, insurers and manufacurers work together to improve patient safety.  patientsafe
  7. In Conversation With…Barbara Drew, RN, PhD
    Read the transcript from Dr. Robert Wachter’s interview with Barbara Drew, RN, PhD about the perils and prevalence of alarm fatigue. AHRQ: Patient Safety Network
  8. How One Patient Reacted to Her Delayed Diagnosis 
    “I knew my late diagnosis was an accident, but I couldn’t pretend like nothing happened,” Sandra Kaus said.  Read about the events that led this wife and mom to service on the Patient and Family Advisory Council for Quality and Safety at Georgetown University Medical Center. IHI Open School