Medical errors and their impact on patient morbidity, mortality, and the estimated cost of care are receiving increased scrutiny‚Äîan area of particular concern for errors caused by increased demands on physicians and nurses, particularly from caring for more, and sicker patients. Although many errors are individualistic, their severity and associated morbidity may be significantly reduced through prompt detection. Compounding this problem, the US is in the midst of a nursing shortage crisis that is expected to worsen with the aging population. Improving patient safety through a combination of monitoring technology, better education of clinicians and refinement of monitoring protocols can help to attain the goal of zero tolerance for serious patient harm. Helping to reach this goal is the purpose of this new serial continuing education program. In each issue of Initiatives in Safe Patient Care, we will address topics in patient surveillance in evidence-based articles, symposia, commentaries and case studies and each issue will be accredited for continuing education credits.
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Postoperative Respiratory Depression and Opioids
Frank J. Overdyk, MSEE, MD
Panel Discussion: Challenges in the Prevention of Postoperative Resiratory Depression and Opioid Therapy
Moderator: Frank Overdyk, MD
Clinical Alarms and the Impact on Patient Safety
By Maria Cvach MS, RN, CCRN, Deborah Dang, PhD, RN, NEA BC, Jan Foster, PhD, APRN, CNS, and Janice Irechukwu, BSN, RN, MSN (c)
Panel Discussion: Clinical Alarms: Where are we today? What more can be done?
Moderator: Thomas Aherns DNS, RN, CCNS, FAAN
In-Hospital Resuscitation: Early Intervention and Rescue
Interview with Elizabeth Hunt, MD, MPH, PhD
Panel Discussion: Rapid Response Systems: Consensus and Controversy
Moderator: Michael DeVita MD
Contamination and Cross Contamination on Hospital Surfaces and Medical Equipment
Kathleen Meehan Arias, MS, CIC
Infection Prevention: Contamination and Cross Contamination on Hospital Surfaces and Medical Equipment.
Moderator: Kathleen Arias, MS, CIC
Monitoring Oxygen Toxicity in the Preterm Infant:
Mechanisms, Critical Questions and Clinical Challenges (CME, CNE, CRCE)
T. Allen Merritt, MD, MHA and Jan Mazela, MD, PhD
Steps Towards a More Rational Use of Supplemental Oxygen: Lessons from the Experts (CME, CNE, CRCE)
Special Panel Discussion
Oxygen Toxicity in the Preterm: The Role of Pulse Oximetry