Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory
Robotic-Assisted Surgery: Focus on Training and Credentialing
Since 2005, Pennsylvania healthcare facilities have reported 722 events involving robotic-assisted surgery to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority. As professional standards develop, hospitals are responsible for developing training programs that adequately prepare the physician and surgical team to safely perform robotic procedures.
Balancing Family Bonding with Newborn Safety
An accidental injury of a newborn in the care of family members soon after a hospital birth can cause emotional stress and guilt. Healthcare facilities can make a difference in newborn events by incorporating prevention methods such as family awareness, staff monitoring, and education for both staff and families.
Quarterly Update on Wrong-Site Surgery: Marking for Regional Anesthetic Blocks
As of July 2014, there were 14 reports of wrong-site surgery in Pennsylvania operating rooms (ORs) during the second quarter of 2014. In reviewing overall improvement by area, analysts identified that there were 24% fewer events reported in the most recent three academic years (2011 to 2014) compared with the initial three-year baseline (2004 to 2007).