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Class III Obese Patients Experience Adverse Events More Frequently Than the General Adverse Event Patient Population
Date:3/4/2013

atient Safety Advisory article "Class III Obese Patients: Is Your Hospital Equipped to Address Their Needs?" on the Authority's website at www.patientsafetyauthority.org. An educational toolkit and consumer tips are also available with this article.

The Authority's March 2013 Advisory contains other clinical articles with toolkits and consumer tips for the healthcare provider to improve patient safety. Highlights include the following:

  • Distractions and Their Impact on Patient Safety: High levels of distraction in healthcare settings pose a constant threat to patient safety. New technologies have increased the number and types of distractions in these settings. The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority identified 1,015 reports that could be attributed to distraction. The majority of these events were classified as medication errors (59.6%) or errors related to procedures, treatments or tests (27.8%). Nearly all events were reported as Incidents or near misses. Forty reports specifically mention distractions from phones, computers or other technologic devices contributing to errors. Thirteen Serious Events were reported among the 1,015 events. This article examines the broader issue of distractions that cause medical errors and outlines strategies for healthcare facilities to decrease the potential for distraction and harm. Consumer tips are also available with this article, along with self-assessment questions.
  • Results of the Opioid Knowledge Assessment from the PA Hospital Engagement Network Adverse Drug Event Collaboration: As part of the Pennsylvania Hospital Engagement  Network adverse drug event collaboration sponsored by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, an 11-question opioid knowledge assessment tool for participatin
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