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Patient Safety Monitor Journal, June 2017

Patient Safety Monitor, June 1, 2017

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Right dose, right drug: WHO challenges hospitals to cut med errors in half

At the end of March, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced its third global safety initiative, the Global Patient Safety Challenge on Medication Safety, which calls on facilities to cut the rate of medication-related errors in half by 2022. The organization hopes to do this by:
•    Addressing weaknesses and flaws in how drugs are prescribed, distributed, and consumed
•    Providing education on safer and more effective prescribing habits and methods
•    Increasing patient and provider awareness on the dangers of medication errors

You've got harm

The prevention of avoidable harms has been a goal of healthcare since day one, but it was given fresh life in 2010 when the Office of Inspector General (OIG) urged that healthcare facilities report all types of harms: medical complications, preventable harms, and system failures and errors. However, harms data has been chronically under-reported for years.

Keeping fungi at bay

In March, The Washington Post ran an alarming story about a new strain of Candida auris (C. auris) fungus in U.S. hospitals. At presstime, there were more than 50 C. auris cases in the U.S., mostly clustered in the Northeast. While fungal infections like C. auris may attract headlines, there are also plenty of other fungi that can pose risks to patients. In fact, there are about 1.5 million species of fungi in the world, though only 300 of them are known to be health risks. Fungal infection can cause a gamut of effects, from mild (runny nose) to severe (death). So what do you need to know about infection control (IC) for fungi?

Q&A: IHI and NPSF merge to push patient safety initiatives
 

In March, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) announced that they would merge starting May 1. The two organizations have been leaders in the patient safety field for years, and there is much hope stemming from their collaboration. The following is a lightly edited Q&A with Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, NPSF president and CEO, about what the merger will mean for the combined organization, now called the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. As of May 1, she is the Institute’s new chief clinical and safety officer.

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