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Category: Patient Stories and Patient Safety

Clinicians: Use “mL”-only when Prescribing to Reduce Parent Dosing Errors and Keep Children Safe

H. Shonna Yin, MD, MS

Guest Author: Shonna Yin, MD, MS Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Population Health, NYU School of Medicine One thing that every clinician can do for National Safety Month is make sure they prescribe medications for children in the safest way. Dosing errors are the most common type of medication error that brings children into the Emergency Read More >

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A Back to Basics Approach to Prevent Infection

The Rory Staunton Foundation was established by Ciaran and Orlaith Staunton following the preventable death of their 12-year-old son, Rory, from sepsis in 2012.

Guest Author: Orlaith Staunton  Co-Founder Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention A Back to Basics Approach to Prevent Infection It was hard to see it happen. We were watching a friend’s basketball game when the young boy fell down and began to bleed from a cut on his arm. The referee sent him out of Read More >

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Cystic Fibrosis and C. Diff : A Dangerous Combination

As told to CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion As a cystic fibrosis (CF) patient, Chris Gautier was used to enduring pain and discomfort. When Chris began having abdominal discomfort on an otherwise routine summer evening he chocked it up to typical CF indigestion. However, this time the pain persisted, and grew so intense that Read More >

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The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) leads Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 12-18.

Guest Author: Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS Patient Safety Awareness Week is a time to raise awareness about preventable harm in health care. As part of NPSF’s campaign they issued a Call to Action, citing patient safety as a public health crisis that requires a public health response. Most people know that heart disease Read More >

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New Guide Developed to Help U.S. Hospitals Improve Antibiotic Use; A National Health Priority

Arjun Srinivasan, MD (CAPT, USPHS)

Authors: Arjun Srinivasan, MD (CAPT, USPHS), Associate Director for Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Programs, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, CDC, and Ed Septimus, MD, Medical Director, Infection Prevention and Epidemiology, HCA. Drs. Srinivasan and Septimus are co-chairs of the National Quality Partners’ antibiotic stewardship action team, convened by the National Quality Forum. Today, CDC, in Read More >

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