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Culture data and laboratory-guided antimicrobial therapy are necessary for optimal antibiotic use.
Description: Pennsylvania healthcare facilities submitted 831 medication error reports associated with the oral anticoagulants warfarin, apixaban, dabigatran, and rivaroxaban to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority from July 2013 through June 2014.
Responsible antibiotic utilization and implementation of antibiotic stewardship programs are vital components of strategies to minimize multidrug resistance and Clostridium difficile infections.
Description: Of the more than 4,000 pediatric medication errors analyzed, nearly 18% of the reported events reached the patient and either caused harm or required additional monitoring to preclude harm.
Healthcare providers should become prepared for the projected growth of the elderly population and be prepared to treat the various conditions unique to this group.
Description: Nearly 900 medication error reports listed health information technology (HIT) as a factor contributing to the event submitted to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority.
Antibiotic stewardship programs help to ensure optimal treatment for patients with infections and may enhance the length of time antibiotics in current use remain effective.
Description: The extent to which healthcare students are involved in medication errors is relatively unexplored.Description: The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority is participating in a statewide health literacy initiative focused on providing strategies to healthcare providers that help patients understand and engage in their medical care.Structuring and presenting healthcare information that aligns with a patient’s level of understanding can help patients achieve optimal outcomes.Description: More than 2,700 drug omission errors involving more than 500 different medications were reported through PA-PSRS from January 1 through April 30, 2013.Risk reduction strategies include developing a consistent administration process for intravenous (IV) medication setup, tracing IV lines, and using healthcare technology well.