Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory
Preparing for Unplanned Admissions to the NICU
Both premature and term infants have experienced unplanned admissions to the NICU. In Pennsylvania, the most frequently reported conditions were respiratory distress, metabolic issues, prematurity, neonatal abstinence syndrome, and infection.
Warming Blankets and Patient Harm
Hospitals seeking to prevent these adverse events can adopt risk reduction strategies consistent with perioperative guidelines for preventing and treating hypothermia and manufacturers' guidelines for device use and preventative maintenance.
Patient Safety: No Harm, No Foul?
The unusual breadth of patient safety event report collection in Pennsylvania offers important and unique opportunities to inform our collaborative efforts to make healthcare safer.