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. When Evidence Says No, but Doctors Say Yes
    “Striking the right balance between innovation and regulation is incredibly difficult, but once remedies are in use—even in the face of contrary evidence—they tend to persist.” This piece lends perspective as to the challenges associated with providing all patients with the care they need and none with care they don’t need giving consideration to the impact that new federal legislation could have on the industry. The Atlantic
  2. AP Exclusive: Drugs vanish at some VA hospitals
    Investigations ramp up as authorities with the Department of Veterans Affairs acknowledge the eruption of opioid thefts within their hospitals. Review the statistics fueling concerns that these incidents are not only contributing to a dangerous drug epidemic but preventing patients from receiving needed medications and possibly facilitating care by drug-impaired staff. AP News
  3. Identifying and Reducing Complications After Emergency Room Discharge
    Consider nine recommendations that these authors suggest can help predict and prevent complications following a patient’s discharge from the ED. From coordinating more efficient post-discharge contacts to employing tech tools that can improve ongoing communication, there are steps researches say can improve outcomes. Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare
  4. Can patient involvement improve patient safety?
    Encouraging patients to report safety concerns in the hospital was reasonable, but really didn’t improve safety outcomes. BMJ Quality & Safety
  5. A millionaire’s mission: Stop hospitals from killing their patients by medical error
    Read how one medical device company’s founder is convincing other companies to commit to the design of devices that can talk to each other for the sake of patient safety. STAT
  6. Refused Medication Error
    This article published by AHRQ’s Patient Safety Network provides commentary on a poor outcome caused by a combinations of medication nonadherence, poor transitions in care and deficiencies with the electronic health record.  AHRQ – PSNet