Suicide is now the second leading cause of death for youth
between the ages of 10-24. In response to this crisis, Rady
Children’s Hospital – San Diego (RCHSD) has implemented a
universal screening program using evidence based tools to
identify youth at risk for depression and suicide. The program
screens all youth older than 12 who are seen in an ambulatory
clinic, an urgent care site, the emergency department, or
admitted as an inpatient.
UC Davis Medical Center found that medication errors and
discrepancies were widely prevalent at
their institution. In line with studies from other
institutions, up to 70% of patients have errors on their
medication lists when admitted to the hospital.
Their preliminary assessments were demonstrated with
patients averaging over 5 discrepancies per admission. These
discrepancies are carried downstream throughout hospitalization
with impacts felt during transitions of care. The literature
suggests that 0.9% of discrepancies lead to serious patient harm.
Interested counsel may join a discussion group that offers
support and an opportunity to learn about the new legal
privileges and challenges of the Patient Safety and Quality
Improvement Act of 2005. You can request to join the
clicking here. This group generally holds conference calls