Standardized Emergency Codes May Minimize “Code Confusion”
Analysis of events reported to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority and a northeast Pennsylvania hospital survey identified the use of 80 different codes in Pennsylvania healthcare facilities. To help promote consistency and decrease “code confusion,” organizations may consider developing a standardized emergency code system or encouraging the use of plain-language codes.
Patient Flow in the ED: Phase II—Diagnostic Evaluation through Disposition Decision
As the number of emergency departments (EDs) decreases and volume of patients increases, EDs are challenged to provide safe, timely, efficient, and efficacious care. Improving operations from diagnostic evaluation through disposition decision enhances the timeliness of care, limits opportunities for hazards, and directly contributes to the safety of patients.
Hospital-Acquired Pressure Ulcers Remain a Top Concern for Hospitals
An analysis of pressure ulcers reported through the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System from 2007 through 2013 suggests the need for improvement in identification of pressure ulcers present on admission; accurate staging; and prevention of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, in particular stage III, suspected deep-tissue injury, and unstageable pressure ulcers.