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Medication errors are common and harm hospitalized patients. The authors designed and implemented an automated system to complement an existing computerized order entry system by detecting the administration of excessive doses of medication to adult in-patients with renal insufficiency. Its...
Little is known about the attitudes of physicians-in-training on patient safety, although success in error reduction strategies requires their support. We surveyed house staff and fourth-year medical students from 1 academic institution about their perceptions of adverse patient events. Three...
Surgical skills are important for surgical competence. Surgical skills may be assessed during residency but are not routinely evaluated in practicing surgeons. The current literature is reviewed to evaluate models for objectively assessing surgical skills. Since most studies evaluate models as...
Clinical pathways are useful tools in improving the quality of care of patients treated in hospitals. Gastroenteritis is a short, self-limiting, but common illness of childhood associated with significant costs to the community. The authors assessed the impact of a clinical pathway on...
An intermediate care decision tree tool was developed to meet the demand for intermediate care beds. Concurrently, a charging process was developed to support the acuity adaptable model of care, allowing the patient to remain in the same bed from admission to discharge, regardless of level of...
The purpose of this case study is to assess a Medicaid health maintenance organization quality initiative designed to screen new members for behavioral health treatment needs on enrollment. New members were screened by the health maintenance organization, which then informed the for-profit...
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