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. Safety Lessons from the NIH Clinical Center
    Tejal Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, discusses, in an article published in The New England Journal of Medicine, the renewed focus on improving safety culture and leadership established at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center following the Food and Drug Administration’s discovery of certain deficiencies. The New England Journal of Medicine
  2. AHRQ’s Simulation Dictionary: A New Tool To Support Patient Safety Efforts
    In partnership with the Society for Simulation, the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality has designed a working document providing definitions for more than 100 patient safety-related terms with the intent of improving communication in healthcare training settings. Access the Simulation Dictionary here. AHRQ Views
  3. Facing the Fear of Transparency
    IHI President and CEO, Derek Feeley talks about why healthcare remains hesitant to fully embrace a concept that was introduced 100 years ago. Feeley reflects on using data to drive improvement instead of using it as ammunition in passing judgement. He also touches on the importance of including patient perspective if an organization’s goal is to achieve full transparency. IHI Blog
  4. Patient’s unexpected death changes the way one obstetrician thinks all doctors should be educated
    Dr. Amy Nakajima opens up about what it was like to return to her job following a career-altering experience that prompted her to consider leaving obstetrics for good. Canadian Patient Safety Institute
  5. More Science, Less Sausage-Making
    In an article published by U.S. News & World Report, Peter Pronovost, MD, reveals why he believes patient safety indicators, widely used in determining hospital rankings, are inaccurate measures of care quality.  U.S. News & World Report