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Progress in Prescribing Fewer Antibiotics, But Many Are Still Unnecessary
article discusses findings published by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association indicating a decline in antibiotic prescribing, though inappropriate prescribing is still a problem. Regional differences and reasons for overprescribing are also discussed.
A New Emergency Checklist for Office-Based Surgery
Each year in the US, an estimated 20 million outpatient procedures for minor surgeries are performed. Clinicians and staff need to know how to handle potential complications that might require immediate, lifesaving steps. Listen to the recent WIHI program on the Safety Checklist for Office-Based Anesthesia Crises, and learn how this level of preparedness can apply to any outpatient practice.Avoiding Medication-Related Hospital Admissions
The PINCER project in the United Kingdom engaged teams of primary care pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in an effort to reduce medication-related hospital admissions. Using root cause analysis, the teams review patient records to identify potentially problematic prescribing, share their findings with the practice, and then develop an action plan to address the issues.
The IHI Global Trigger Tool: Changing Safety for a Decade
The IHI Global Trigger Tool was developed in 2003 to help organizations quantify actual harm to patients and focus efforts to improve patient safety. Read more about the tool and how it has been used and adapted all over the world in this recent IHI Blog post.
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