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Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority Releases March Advisory
Date:3/31/2009

ts reached the patient. The most frequent area for the error was in the Emergency Department. Strategies to address these problems are outlined in this article, including providing all units with the necessary equipment to weigh patients.
  • Risks Associated with Patient Transport from One Care Area to Another: Reports show non-ICU (intensive care) patients are at risk in the hospital when they are transferred from one care area to another by unlicensed hospital personnel. In 2,390 patient transport reports, facilities have identified Serious Events and Incidents occurring due to problems with communication, intravenous lines, monitoring and other issues. This article examines risk reduction strategies to ensure the safe intra-hospital transport of the patient from one care area to another.
  • MR Screening Practices Questioned: Some patients with implanted pacemakers or other metal objects are not being screened properly prior to receiving an MRI (magnetic resonance image) according to about 150 reports submitted to the Authority. The data shows the MR (magnetic resonance) clinical screening process was inadequate, and in some cases, patients were permitted with implanted pacemakers (46%) and other metal objects to enter the MRI scanner room. This article provides facilities with guidance on developing rigorous screening practices to help reduce the hazards from implanted and other ferromagnetic objects. The Authority also offers consumer tips for patients to avoid an unfavorable outcome when an MRI scan is needed.
  • Strategies to Reduce MRSA Infection Rates: About 70 percent of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in the United States are caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Several U.S. facilities have significantly reduced rates of MRSA transmission and associated infections. This article describes successful efforts made in Pennsylvania's healthcare facili
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