Rhode Island Hospital makes changes after 3 errors

by • March 1, 2008 • UncategorizedComments Off on Rhode Island Hospital makes changes after 3 errors1327

• The Gist: The hospital here may have fallen victim to simple, yet easily avoidable, errors that were largely do to poor communication. Look for these gaps in records review.

By Barbara J. Levin, BSN, RN, ONC, LNCC

“To the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world.” This famous saying is applicable to the hospitalized patient. Patients admitted to the hospital rely upon the hospital staff physicians, nurses and others to provide the best quality care.

Rhode Island Hospital has had four wrong site surgeries, all involving brain surgeries, within six years. Three of the incidents have occurred within the last year, according to ABC News. Questions are raised about the safeguards and lessons learned by the institution and how these incidents should have been prevented.

A brief review of the facts…

Written by “The Entrepreneurial MD,” this column was originally written for physician business owners, but the advice is relevant for all professional enrepreneurial consultants.

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