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  • With food allergies, even eating is a risk - Potentially lethal food allergies make monitoring a must

    Hopping atop their wooden footstools, Carter and Zachary Peel wiggle in between their parents, Suzy and Jeff, to place cupcake liners in a baking pan.

    A birthday party is later in the day, and the family, as usual, will take its own snacks.

    Carter, 4 1/2, is allergic to peanuts, potentially the most serious of food allergies. Exposure to even the tiniest crumb can cause a life-threatening reaction.

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  • Harmed in hospital: 500 errors a record

    ALMOST 500 medical errors in NSW public hospitals either seriously harmed patients or could have done so in 2005-06 - the highest number in the three years the statistics have been collected.

    Problems with diagnosis, treatment and specialist referral topped the list of incidents judged to be in the most serious category, followed by 137 suicides that occurred outside hospital within a week of the person having been seen by a mental-health professional.

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  • Colour-Coded Patient Wristbands to Reduce Risk

    Colour-Coded Patient WristbandsA hospital in Pennsylvania submitted a report to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System (PA-PSRS) describing an event in which clinicians nearly failed to rescue a patient who had a cardiopulmonary arrest because the patient had been incorrectly designated as DNR (do not resuscitate).

    The source of the confusion was that a nurse had incorrectly placed a yellow wristband on the patient. In this hospital, the color yellow signified that the patient should not be resuscitated. In a nearby hospital, in which this nurse also worked, yellow signified restricted extremity, meaning that this arm is not to be used for drawing blood or obtaining IV access. Fortunately, in this case, another clinician identified the mistake, and the patient was resuscitated.

    However, this near miss highlights a potential source of error and an opportunity to improve patient safety by re-evaluating the use of color-coded wristbands. To assess the potential scope of the problem, PAPSRS surveyed the Patient Safety Officers of all Pennsylvania hospitals and ambulatory surgical facilities (ASFs). The 139 survey respondents represented one-third of these healthcare facilities.

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