The transition from the ED to the inpatient unit is a very vulnerable time for patients. In this single institutional survey of ED and inpatient physicians (or PA’s), 29% reported a patient of theirs had experienced an adverse event or near miss due to inadequate communication during the transition from ED to inpatient. Qualitative analysis of the errors found multiple sources of error, including: communication (no communication, key content omitted, limited interaction, and conflicting expectations), unclear assignment of responsibility, environment (ED overcrowding and workload), and IT (information not readily available to inpatient team) (abstract). Although the high rate of adverse events and near misses is discouraging, it is encouraging to see that most of these error sources are relatively easily modifiable. By implementing hand-off tools (performed in a less distracted environment) that transmit standardized information, and creating an IT system that is accessible to all care providers, many of these can errors can be mitigated. Many of these are included in the elements of performance of JCAHO’s National Safety Patient Goal 02.05.0.1.
The question of appropriate ward garb is a problem for the ages. Compared to photo stills and films from the 1960s, the doctors of today appear like vagabonds. No ties, no lab coats, and scrub tops have become the norm for a number (a majority ?) of hospital-based docs—and even more so on the surgical […]
Prices from a chargemaster are “what a drunken billionaire would pay a hospital if his wife were not around to control the bastard.” — Uwe Reinhardt You might be asking why such an outlandish quote? Last week CMS proposed* to change the way patients see the costs of hospital bills. So what you might utter. […]
“Membership in the American Academy of Professional Coders has risen to more than 170,000 today from roughly 70,000 in 2008.” “The AMA owns the copyright to CPT, the code used by doctors. It publishes coding books and dictionaries. It also creates new codes when doctors want to charge for a new procedure. It levies a […]