A recent study attributed over half of adverse events associated with surgical care to cognitive error. The study’s authors identified opportunities to enhance patient safety, including training staff to recognize common mental pitfalls.
The FDA updates physicians about adverse events associated with surgical staplers and implantable surgical staples and provides recommendations for improving patient safety.
The VA and UPMC created an algorithmic tool designed to alert physicians to patients who may be at risk for surgical complications following elective surgery.
The CDC estimates that half of surgical site infections (SSIs) are preventable with evidence-based strategies. MLMIC urges all insureds to familiarize themselves with the CDC recommendations.