In this prospective cohort in a tertiary care ED, researchers found over half of ED patients (59%) experienced at least 1 medication error, most of which occurred during prescribing (54%) or administration (35%). Patients boarded in the ED had twice the risk of a medication error than those not boarded, which is a very vulnerable time for patients, as they are changing provider teams, and are pending a final location. Patients boarded in the ED should be targeted for medication error reduction programs (abstract).
Have you ever wondered if there’s a correlation between Gore-Tex® (Think: rain jacket material) and Social Media? No!? Well, I have… It turns out there may be more commonality between these topics than what one might imagine. You see, Bill Gore (the company’s founder and CEO) recognized a particular number in his manufacturing plants: 150. […]
I just heard. A colleague, a man of integrity and warmth, a hard-working physician with ideals, ethics and many valued contributions, has taken his own life. His perspectives may have differed from mine at times, but every interaction was infused with respect. He was a good man. Much has been written about the rate of […]
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 […]