Parkinson's &
Patient Safety

Topic 41: parkinson's & patient safety
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Finding Five: Patient safety requires that patients become acculturated in the need to participate actively in their own health care. The current "patient culture" implies that patients generally do not question the activities and interventions considered necessary by health care professionals. Physicians and nurses must adjust their own practice approaches to encourage patients to become educated and to participate in their own health care.
Patient safety...

Medical errors are the eighth leading cause of death in the United States, with the number of deaths exceeding those associated with motor vehicle accidents, breast cancer, or AIDS. The problem of medical errors, and in particular, medication errors, was brought vividly to public attention by the 1999 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System.
To Err Is Human

Healthcare Quality

CDC's 7 Healthcare Safety Challenges
7 Challenges

To assure safe and effective drug therapy, learn all you can about your medicines
Patient Safety First

The more information you have, the better able you are to to prevent errors and to take care of yourself. You have to ask your pharmacists, doctors and nurses about your medications, and you have to expect answers.
Avoiding Medication Errors

Your pharmacist maintains for you a medication record, which does a lot more than just list the medications that you are taking now and have taken in the past. It also records information about you that will help your doctor and your pharmacist make sure that your medicines work well for you, like allergies to drugs that you may have, diseases and conditions that you have that may have an effect on drugs you take, and adverse effects you may have experienced from drugs before.
Your Medication Record

Patients Should Be Able To Show and Tell You In Their Own Words How They Would Take Their Medicine

Explore how often errors and adverse drug events occur, what causes them, and how they can often be avoided
Patient Safety First

In "Dangerous Prescription," FRONTLINE® investigates the integrity of America's drug safety system. Through interviews with current and former FDA officials, critics, a pharmaceutical industry representative, and consumers, the one-hour documentary examines the FDA's handling of several drugs that were approved but later were pulled from the market after causing injuries and even deaths. The program also examines the role that drug companies play in the approval and monitoring of prescription drugs, and questions whether the FDA's current system is adequate for protecting the public.
PBS: Dangerous Prescription

Tasmar - Parkinson's Drug Suspended in Europe
Tasmar Suspended

Tasmar - Lethal Drug Reactions - Warnings and Recalls
Tasmar Recall

Pergolide (Permax) - Parkinson's Drug Linked with Heart Valve Trouble
Pergolide Warning

FDA Posts Warning of Parkinson's Drug Causing Patients to Unexpectedly Sleep - Even While Driving
Warning: Unexpectedly Sleep

Parkinson's Drugs Can Cause Excessive Drowsiness
Ropinirole (Requip) and pramipexole (Mirapex) increased the risk of sleepiness five times compared with an inactive placebo and two times compared with the older Parkinson's drug levodopa

Driving Decisions: When do you hang up the keys?
Driving Decisions

FDA Patient Safety News
FDA News

SAFETY ALERT: Parkinson's Trial Halted, but Researchers Remain Optimistic
Parkinson's Trial Halted

Consumer Brochure on Safe Medication Use
Safe Medication Use

Drug Name Confusion: Purinethol® & Propylthiouracil
Purinethol® & Propylthiouracil

Drug Name Confusion: Serzone and Seroquel
Serzone and Seroquel

Drug Name Confusion: Taxotere and Taxol
Taxotere and Taxol

Drug Name Confusion: Zyprexa/Zyrtec/Zantac

Although abbreviations and acronyms can save time, they can also cause medication errors. Abbreviations aren't always read the same way, and they can be interpreted differently by different practitioners. That's why the National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention is encouraging practitioners to avoid using abbreviations when prescribing medications
Drug Errors Caused by Abbreviations

Article on Campaign to Encourage Patients to "Speak Up"
"Speak Up" is actually an acronym in which each letter stands for something patients should do.
"Speak Up"

Against the backdrop of an historic congressional debate on legislation to add long-promised prescription drug coverage to Medicare, FRONTLINE examines the battle between major pharmaceutical companies and American consumers fed up with paying the highest drug prices in the world.
PBS: Drug Price Debate

In "The Alternative Fix," FRONTLINE® examines the controversy over complementary and alternative medicine. The one-hour documentary features interviews with staunch supporters, skeptical scientists, and other observers on both sides of the alternative medicine debate and questions whether hospitals that offer alternative therapies are inappropriately conveying a sense of legitimacy to these largely untested and scientifically unproven treatments.
Alternative Fix

Protecting Your Patients - Errors Using Transdermal Patches
Errors Using Transdermal Patches

Cell Phone

Don't answer that cell phone!

These days, most health professionals have heard about the problem of electromagnetic interference, or EMI. That is, the hazard that's created when electronic devices like cell phones interfere with certain electrically powered medical devices, like infusion pumps. Most hospitals already have signs warning patients and staff about using electronic devices in certain areas. Yet interference continues to occur and, although it's rare, patients can be injured.
Electromagnetic Interference with Medical Devices

Alert on Implanted Neurostimulators and Diathermy In 2001, 2 patients who had been implanted with deep brain stimulators and later received diathermy treatment, died as a result
Alert on Implants
DBS Alert

Electrical Muscle Stimulators
User Safety

Hospital Bed Safety
User Safety

Power Wheelchairs
User Safety

Motorized Scooters
User Safety

Patient Death Illustrates Importance of MRI Room Precautions
Importance of MRI Room Precautions

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Room Safety
MRI Room Safety

New Safety Guidelines for MRI Facilities
Safety Guidelines for MRI

MRI Safe Practice Guidelines
MRI Safe Practice Guidelines

With the creation of Patient Safety First, AORN is taking an active leadership role in identifying, compiling, and developing clinical resources and educational products that address the needs of perioperative nurses.
Patient Safety First

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) is a nonprofit organization that works closely with health care practitioners and institutions, regulatory agencies, professional organizations and the pharmaceutical industry to provide education about adverse drug events and their prevention.
Institute for Safe Medication Practices

The National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS) embodies the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) uncompromising commitment to reducing and preventing adverse medical events while enhancing the care given our patients. The NCPS represents a unified and cohesive patient safety program, with active participation by all of the VA hospitals supported by dedicated patient safety managers. Our program is unique in healthcare; we focus on prevention not punishment, applying human factor analysis and the safety research of high reliability organizations (aviation and nuclear power) targeted at identifying and eliminating system vulnerabilities.
Patient Safety (NCPS)

National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention
NCHSTP: Bloodborne Infectious Diseases

Bloodborne Infectious Diseases -HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B Virus, and Hepatitis C Virus
NIOSH: Bloodborne Infectious Diseases

NIOSH shares “Lessons Learned” on Needlestick Prevention
NIOSH shares...

NIOSH Web site, "Safer Medical Device Implementation in Health Care Facilities: Lessons Learned"
Lessons Learned

Abbott Laboratories' Needlestick Prevention Systems - This web site provides news on legislation, resources, and education programs for needle-stick prevention.
Needlestick Prevention

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