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E-DL App now in beta testing

Posted on November 8th, 2013 · Posted in apps, discharge letter, research

The E-DL App supports the exchange of medical discharge letters from one mobile device to another by using NFC technology. In contrast to Bluetooth or any kind of messaging application through Internet such as email, NFC does not require the devices to pair before communicating nor sender and receiver addresses..
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The TeamSTEPPS

Posted on November 5th, 2013 · Posted in research, toolbox

Since the release of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report ‘To Err is Human’ in 1999, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Department of Defense (DoD) have been Federal leaders in the patient safety movement in the United States. “A major focus of these agencies has..
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Effects of education on interns’ verbal and electronic handoff documentation skills.

Posted on June 10th, 2013 · Posted in research

Improving handoff communications is a National Patient Safety Goal. Interns and residents are rarely taught how to safely handofftheir patients. The objective of this study was to determine whether teaching safe handoff principles would improve handoff quality.Interns who received handoff education demonstrated superior verbal handoff skills than control interns, while no difference was seen in electronic handoff skills. Interns’ electronic handoff documentation skills did not improve with the..
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PATIENT project CLAS App wins award

Posted on May 14th, 2013 · Posted in apps, CLAS, discharge letter, project info, research, toolbox

Dr Bridget Maher, representing the  School of Medicine University College Cork, Ireland, won the Crystal Clear MSD Health Literacy Award GP category 2013 for the CLAS mobile application.  The app is an itemised checklist and scoring system  to help medical students and junior doctors write better discharge letters.  The app..
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Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Review of Evidence Supporting Strategies to Improve Patient Safety

Posted on March 12th, 2013 · Posted in research

In a special supplement that accompanies this issue, the evidence presented reviews the underpinning 10 of the 41 PSSs studied in the new report. These strategies include interventions to reduce diagnostic errors , in-facility falls , pressure ulcers , and delirium; efforts initiated in hospitals to improve care transitions  and..
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Making Health Care Safer II An Updated Critical Analysis of the Evidence for Patient Safety Practices

Posted on March 12th, 2013 · Posted in research

Of the 22 strategies identified in Making Health Care Safer II, 10 are “strongly encouraged” for adoption based on the strength and quality of evidence: www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/evidence-based-reports/ptsafetyuptp.html   Preoperative checklists and anesthesia checklists to prevent operative and postoperative events. Bundles that include checklists to prevent central line-associated bloodstream infections. Tools for Reducing Central..
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The Patient Handoff: A Comprehensive Curricular Blueprint for Resident Education to Improve Continuity of Care

Posted on March 4th, 2013 · Posted in research

In 2010, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education released its resident duty hours restrictions, requiring that faculty monitor their residents’ patient handoffs to ensure that residents are competent in handoff communications. Although studies have reported the need to improve the effectiveness of the handoff and a variety of curricula have been suggested and implemented, a..
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Training on handover of patient care within UK medical schools

Posted on March 4th, 2013 · Posted in research

Much evidence exists to demonstrate that poor handover can directly impact patient safety. There have been calls for formal education on handover, but evidence to guide intervention design and implementation is limited. It is unclear how undergraduate medical schools are tackling this issue and what barrier or facilitators exist to handover education. This paper sets out to..
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An interactive handoff workshop to improve intern readiness in patient care transitions.

Posted on March 4th, 2013 · Posted in research

Patient handoffs are common during residency and are often performed with little or no training. This study  devised a simple intervention to improve the readiness of interns to perform handoffs. Intervention A 90-minute interactive workshop during intern orientation in 2009 and 2010. It consisted of a discussion, a case presentation, and..
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Teaching handover of care to medical students

Posted on February 12th, 2013 · Posted in research

Background:  Handover is a key activity in acute health care, with patient safety implications if it is not performed well. This is becoming more important with shorter working hours and therefore a greater number of handovers. Despite this there is a paucity of evidence to guide education to enhance practice. A..
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