Addressing the Rise in Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: A Multifaceted Approach
Helping newborns through withdrawal requires correct diagnosis and collaboration among the healthcare professionals who contribute to treatment, whether using pharmacologic or nonpharmacologic interventions. Families also play a key role in learning how to interact with their newborn, whose symptoms may include irritability, inconsolable crying, vomiting, and poor feeding.
Patient Flow in the Emergency Department: Phase III—after Disposition Decision through Departure
Analysts identified four key vulnerabilities in events occurring during phase III of the patient’s emergency department (ED) care: gaps in care unrecognized by ED personnel, delays, insufficient oversight, and lack of prompt transition. Care delivery and coordination may be enhanced through awareness of these vulnerabilities and implementation of risk reduction strategies and best practices in patient flow.
Medication Errors Involving Overrides of Healthcare Technology
The medication error events submitted to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority involving the use of overrides when using technology reveal the complex nature and variety of factors that contribute to errors. Some of those factors were an extension of the unique challenges associated with the use of each type of technology; however, many of the factors were similar across all forms of technology.