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  1. News Article
    A review of the work of a former locum consultant radiologist in the Northern Trust has identified major discrepancies in 66 images. The trust has concluded a review of 13,030 scans and x-rays. The review was launched in June after the General Medical Council raised concerns about the locum consultant radiologist's work. The highest level of hospital investigation will be carried out into the cases of 17 patients. More than 9,000 patients were contacted as part of the review. The review identified six images at level one - a major discrepancy where errors or omissions in re
  2. Content Article
    Over the last five years, teams at Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, had completed at least four different improvement projects focused on increasing adherence to the independent double check (IDC) process. An IDC is when two registered nurses independently check a medication to ensure it is correct prior to administering it to the patient. Like other institutions, the hospital did not require this process for all medications but did require it for a select group of medications considered higher risk if given in incorrect doses, routes or times.
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    76 people were unintentionally exposed to ionising radiation in Irish hospitals in 2020, according to the Health and Information Quality Authority (HIQA). This figure represents an 11% increase on the total reported in 2019. HIQA today published an overview report on the 'increase in accidental and unintended exposure to ionising radiation events notified to HIQA in 2020. Under the European Union (Basic Safety Standards for Protection against dangers arising from Medical Exposure to Ionising Radiation) Regulations 2018 and 2019, HIQA is the competent authority for patient protection
  4. Content Article
    Further reading HIQA: Annual report of accidental or unintended exposures to ionising radiation in 2019 CQC reports on safe use of radiation in healthcare settings (19 December 2019)
  5. News Article
    “Human error” resulted in a man having the wrong leg amputated at a major Austrian hospital. The error occurred when a healthcare employee marked the wrong leg for amputation during pre-surgical procedures. The mistake was not noticed anytime during the surgery, or even during the immediate postoperative period. It was recognised during a routine wound dressing change, about 48 hours postoperatively. “A disastrous combination of circumstances led to the patient’s right leg being amputated instead of his left,” the hospital’s statement said. “We would also like to affirm that we wi
  6. Content Article
    Stuck in a lift This series of blogs has been characterised by writers of great wit and wisdom, with references to Socrates, Oscar Wilde and more. As the latest incumbent, I feel a great trust has been placed upon me to maintain the standard. That I plan to completely abuse by telling you about the time I was stuck in a lift in my underpants. For the sake of probity, I should point out that they were highly respectable underpants. The sort of multi-purpose item that is sold in high-end camping shops as suitable for underwear/swimming/signal flags. That information is entirely irreleva
  7. Content Article
    After watching the video, participants should be better prepared to: Acquire an understanding of the concept of a "medical error". Appreciate the safety movement. Understand the culture of safety. Illustrate real examples of adverse events and their sequelae. Identify a high reliability organisation.
  8. Content Article
    Advice for healthcare professionals do not use glucose-containing solutions as infusates for maintaining arterial line patency, unless there are no suitable alternatives saline infusions are recommended as the flush solution for arterial lines, to minimise the risk of incorrect blood glucose estimation and inappropriate insulin administration if samples are drawn from arterial lines for estimation of biochemistry, a minimum volume of three times the dead space of the cannula system should be discarded first to avoid contamination[^4] remain vigilant when selecting a sol
  9. Content Article
    Research shows that patient complaints are significantly associated with physicians' risk management activity and lawsuits. Research also demonstrates that a small subset of physicians and surgeons in various areas of practice are associated with disproportionate shares of patient complaints. Coded and aggregated patient complaint data therefore offer a metric for identifying and promoting behavior change. Analysis of the distribution of patient complaints associated with 41 paediatric cardiac surgeons is presented as a means for helping leaders show one surgeon how her/his risk status c
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