3 Risks with Managing Pain with Patient-Controlled Analgesia (PCA) Pumps

According to reports made to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) between 2005 and 2009, more than 56,000 adverse events and 700 patient deaths were linked to patient-controlled analgesia (PCA). One out of 378 post-surgical patients are harmed or die from errors related to the patient-controlled pumps that help relieve pain after surgical procedures, such as … Continue reading

Is Saving One Life at a Time Worth It?

Interns with A Promise to Amanda Foundation (www.promisetoamanda.org) think so. This Foundation was established by Cindy and Brian Abbiehl in memory and honor of Amanda. As they describe: Amanda “was admitted to a local hospital on Thursday, July 15, of 2010.  She was dehydrated, had lost at least 10 pounds, and had a virus that was … Continue reading

5 Tips on How to Improve Patient Safety With the Help of Technology

by Michael Wong (This article first appeared in Becker’s Clinical Quality & Infection Control.) More than 10 years ago, the Institute of Medicine in its landmark report, “To Err is Human” pointed out that at least 44,000 people, and perhaps as many as 98,000 people, die in hospitals each year as a result of medical errors that … Continue reading