We 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. Five Ways Effective Use of Alerts Helps Improve Patient Safety
    Consider how sending proactive alerts directly to clinicians’ mobile devices could help to significantly improve patient safety.  PSQH
  2. Hospitals now expected to try to identify patients’ caregivers
    A new Pennsylvania law requires hospitals to record a name and phone number for an informal caregiver on whom a patient can depend for assistance following discharge from the hospital. Taking it a step further, the hospital is expected to contact that caregiver prior to discharge and give him/her the same instructions the patient will be given before leaving the facility.  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  3. Use Barbiturate Recall To Remind Staff To Be Alert For Mislabeled Drugs
    A New Jersey drug company’s recent recall of a batch of phenobarbital tablets, discovered to be twice as strong as packaging labels indicated, illustrates the importance of paying close attention when administering meds.  PSQH
  4. Catastrophic threat’: CDC chief fears a deadly superbug’s spread
    Approximately 60 percent of patients who have become infected with the dangerous Candida auris fungus have died, and Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warns this should be a wake-up call for the healthcare industry. STAT