The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) convened a multidisciplinary expert panel to propose guidelines for insulin injection therapy. They examined best practices and explored effective problem solving for patients who have difficulty with insulin injections.
This paper, published in the journal Endocrine Practice, looks at the development of a multidisciplinary Diabetes Inpatient Safety Committee to effectively address the many barriers to achieving glycaemic control in the inpatient setting.
REFINE (REducing Falls in In-patieNt Elderly) using bed and bedside chair pressure sensors linked to radio-pagers in acute hospital care: a randomised controlled trial
This paper describes a randomized controlled trial of bed and bedside chair pressure sensors using radio-pagers (intervention group) compared to standard care (control group) in elderly patents admitted to acute, general medical wards in a large UK teaching hospital.
Care homes' use of medicines study: prevalence, causes and potential harm of medication errors in care homes for older people
This important, large study of care home residents identified a high incidence of medication errors in care home residents and explores underlying reasons and potential solutions for these.
Transition of Care for Hospitalized Elderly Patients - Development of a Discharge Checklist for Hospitalists
Discharge from the hospital is a critical transition point in a patient’s care and incomplete handoffs at discharge can lead to adverse events for patients and result in avoidable readmission.
This article published in the Diabetes and Primary Care Journal provides an update on a new model, named “Super Six”, which bridges the divide between primary care clinicians and specialists, enabling primary care teams to function within an extended clinical professional domain in their community setting.
Governing patient safety: lessons learned from a mixed methods evaluation of implementing a ward-level medication safety scorecard in two English NHS hospitals
In this piece of original research the authors aimed to evaluate the effects of implementing a ward-level medication safety scorecard in two NHS hospitals in a large English city and examine factors influencing these effects.
The term ‘non-technical skills’ came from the European aviation regulator in the 1990s and the concept is now used to underpin training and workplace-based assessment in a number of safety-critical occupations, including healthcare.
The culture of an organisation is very difficult to pinpoint, but is vital to address if the organisation’s ambition is continuous improvement.