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  1. The Uncounted
    The United States is in need of a system for reporting and tracking deadly superbug outbreaks that happen in the nation’s healthcare facilities, and the public needs to know the numbers and understand the risks. Reuters Investigates
  2. No Doctor Should Work 30 Straight Hours Without Sleep
    Traffic safety experts say that anyone who hasn’t had at least seven hours of sleep should not be behind the wheel of a car. Why, then, should an even more sleep deprived physician be allowed to perform surgery? The Atlantic
  3. Go to the Wrong Hospital and You’re 3 Times More Likely to Die 
    A new study, which looked at 22 million hospital admissions, shows significant variation in outcomes from region to region, hospital to hospital and even from condition to condition within the same hospital. The New York Times
  4. National Patient Safety Efforts Save 125,000 Lives and Nearly $28 Billion in Costs 
    Nationwide efforts to make healthcare safer are paying off according to a report released by the Department of Health and Human Services. An AHRQ infographic shows: a 21 percent drop in hospital-acquired conditions (since 2010) and 3 million fewer adverse events in addition to savings in the amounts of 125,000 lives and $28 billion. AHRQ Press Release
  5. Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than guns
    Watch a CBS News story detailing how growing abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers have pushed drug overdose deaths passed the 50,000 mark. CBS News
  6. Redefining patient safety in 2017 — 6 thoughts from IHI CEO Derek Feeley 
    At the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Forum on Quality Improvement, Derek Feeley, IHI president and CEO, encouraged healthcare executives to sharpen their approach to patient safety in the coming year stating that there’s “no room for complacency.” Becker’s Infection Control & Clinical Quality
  7. A Shameful Outlier: Maternal Mortality in the US Is Rising, But Improvement Science Can Help
    We’re well into the 21st century, and only Mexico has a higher maternal mortality rate than the United States. Consider the reasons why as well as the implications for the future suggested here. IHI Blog