Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation Calls on Health Care Systems to Make Systemic Changes to Stop Medical Errors: Criminalization Not the Answer

The Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF), a related organization of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), released a statement on the criminalization of medical errors with a call to action to all health care systems and organizations to establish comprehensive mechanisms to mitigate the risk of future errors.

AACN Rounds with Leadership – Sustaining a Culture of Safety

The joy connected with hosting an in-person AACN Deans Annual Meeting last month was tempered by the news of the criminal conviction of former nurse RaDonda Vaught for making a fatal medication error. Despite numerous system failures contributing to this tragic accident, the individual nurse was held responsible for this terrible outcome, even though she was forthcoming about the unintentional errors made.

Medical Errors Remain Problem 20 Years after Critical Report on Patient Safety

Medical errors remain as vexing a problem, according to Bloomberg Distinguished Professor Kathleen Sutcliffe of Johns Hopkins University. She discusses the issue in her new book Still Not Safe: Patient Safety and the Middle-Managing of American Medicine, co-authored with Robert Wears.