Quality & Patient Safety

Patient Safety Monitor Journal, April 2019

Patient Safety Monitor, April 1, 2019

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Depression screening and treatment

Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and 16.2 million Americans experienced a major depressive episode in 2016. But despite clear guidelines saying providers should screen for depression and provide follow-up and treatment, it’s the fourth least-reported measure on the Medicaid Adult Core Set.

ER doctor: Protect your staff from workplace violence

Amy Costigan, MD, wants to be able to practice emergency medicine without being punched in the face.

PSMF takes aim at postoperative delirium in elders

“Surprisingly, the alien abductees have a support group, but our delirium patients don’t,” Pandharipande says.

Talk down: Joint Commission on de-escalation

The practice of de-escalation isn’t as heavily researched or defined as other best practices. Even TJC’s alert cautions that there’s been little research done on its effectiveness. However, the positive results of successfully de-escalating a situation are numerous, giving facilities reason to adopt the process.

Spring safety: Tuning up your clinic security as it heats up

Unless you take a good inventory of the safety issues around your facility, the medical clinic or laboratory can be dangerous when the weather warms up. Here are the things safety experts say you should keep in mind to ensure your facility is safe this spring.

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