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  1. Patient safety: Why we need less hierarchy and more “geeks”
    International patient safety expert, Sir Liam Donaldson recently made a plea to patient safety seminar attendees for “a new breed of patient safety geeks” who, fueled by fascination, will devote themselves to the investigation of errors and near misses for the purpose of preventing future occurrences. Sax Institute
  2. Woman’s skin ‘melts off’ after medication error
    A Georgia woman’s frightening battle with Stevens Johnson Syndrome draws attention to the dangerous medication errors happening in pharmacies run by swamped staff. WFAA 8 – ABC
  3. Nearly 1 In 3 Recent FDA Drug Approvals Followed By Major Safety Actions
    According to a study published in JAMA, More than 30 percent of drugs approved by the FDA from 2001 to 2010, ended up requiring “black box” safety warnings regarding side effects or special public alerts providing notification of newly identified risks associated with the drugs. Kaiser Health News 
  4. Editor, suspicious of medical journal, submits case report based on Seinfeld episode — and gets it published
    Fake news is trending not only within the political arena. It’s penetrating healthcare research publications as well as evidenced by a recently published case study of a Seinfeld character’s battle with “uromycitisis poisoning.”  Becker’s Hospital Review 
  5. How Much Should Hospital Trustees Know About Patient Safety?
    Incorporating opportunity for questions could be key in closing the gap between what board members know and what they should know about healthcare quality and patient safety.  HealthLeaders Media
  6. Opioid Overdose as a Patient Safety Problem
    A new study performed by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests that clinicians can help reduce opioid-related injuries and deaths by prescribing significantly fewer opioids and working to adopt alternative treatments for pain. AHRQ Patient Safety Network