Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory
Indications for and Management of Inferior Vena Cava Filters
Careful consideration of the indications for placing inferior vena cava filters, the indications for removing filters, as well as follow-up care and evaluation of patients with retrievable filters, can all help reduce the likelihood of complications.
Falls in Radiology: Establishing a Unit-Specific Prevention Program
Evaluation of falls outside direct patient care may provide additional opportunities to address this organizationwide challenge. Adoption of standardized strategies (e.g., safe patient handling practices) helps to identify patient risk factors and could mitigate injurious patient falls in radiology departments.
Managing Patients with Limited English Proficiency
Language barriers impede access to healthcare, can compromise quality of care, and may increase the risk of adverse health outcomes. There are strategies for communicating with patients who have limited English proficiency.
Authority Recognizes Departing Chairperson
Ana Pujols-McKee, MD, helped provided leadership and vision to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority in its mission to reduce and eliminate medical error since becoming board chairperson in May 2006.