Monthly Archives: January 2014

Improving Handoffs to Reduce Medical Errors

  In a before/after study involving 84 pediatric residents at a US teaching hospital, implementation of a multifaceted handoff program was associated with a significant reduction in medical errors and preventable adverse events among hospitalized children.  The handoff bundle consisted … Continue reading

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How Do You Deliver A Good Obstetrician?

   In this interesting (and well-named) article, investigators tracked complication rates from hospital-based deliveries performed by experienced obstetricians in New York and Florida from 1992-2007.  (Commentator’s note – Having the delivery as the unit of observation avoids some of the … Continue reading

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Medical Errors – Making Them and Disclosing Them

  Mamede et al studied internal medicine residents who were given written cases to solve.  Some of the cases contained salient distracting clinical features, or “red herrings”, such as a family history of tuberculosis inserted into a typical case of … Continue reading

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A New Approach To Oral Presentations For Night Float Admissions

  The authors of this interesting viewpoint propose a new purpose and structure in presenting night float admissions. Rather than adhering to the traditional approach of providing a comprehensive overview of the initial patient evaluation, the resident presenting a night … Continue reading

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