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May 2019 Archives

Reducing errors with medication reconciliation training

If the medications listed in a California patient's medical records are inaccurate, certain prescriptions could do more harm than good. This is why physician assistant student researchers from the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center have implemented a patient medication interview. The team is recommending standardized medication reconciliation training after a pre-implementation review identified several instances where medical record technicians were not prepared to properly conduct medication reconciliation procedures.

How nurse anesthetists can identify and manage patient risks

Certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) provide an important service for patients in California undergoing procedures requiring the proper delivery of anesthesia. Yet these specialists also perform their services with a high degree of independence. This increases the odds of being subjected to a malpractice lawsuit if the patient outcome isn't as expected.

Improving the time out may prevent wrong-site surgery

Anywhere from 20 to 40 wrong-site surgeries are performed every week across the country. California residents should know that wrong-site surgery is often preventable, especially during the time out that precedes surgery. For this and other reasons, the AORN has striven to raise awareness of the importance of time outs through its National Time Out Day, which reached its 15th anniversary in 2019.

Electronic records linked to pediatric medical errors

A medical mistake made during pediatric care may seem like a nightmare for California parents. Doctor errors, including medication mistakes, can have significant effects on a child's health and well-being. In some cases, these kinds of errors derive from a surprising source: the electronic health records (EHRs) used to track a child's health and treatment. These systems often have clunky workflows and imprecise entry systems that can make some types of medication errors more likely.

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