Medical errors and their impact on patient morbidity, mortality, and the estimated cost of care are receiving increased scrutiny—an area of particular concern for errors caused by increased demands on physicians and nurses, particularly from caring for more, and sicker patients. Although many errors are individualistic, their severity and associated morbidity may be significantly reduced through prompt detection. Compounding this problem, the US is in the midst of a nursing shortage crisis that is expected to worsen with the aging population. Improving patient safety through a combination of monitoring technology, better education of clinicians and refinement of monitoring protocols can help to attain the goal of zero tolerance for serious patient harm. Helping to reach this goal is the purpose of this new serial continuing education program. In each issue of Initiatives in Safe Patient Care, we will address topics in patient surveillance in evidence-based articles, symposia, commentaries and case studies and each issue will be accredited for continuing education credits.



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Liberation from mechanical ventilation: Can telehealth help expedite?

Initiatives 1

Postoperative Respiratory Depression and Opioids

Frank J. Overdyk, MSEE, MD


Panel Discussion: Challenges in the Prevention of Postoperative Resiratory Depression and Opioid Therapy

Moderator: Frank Overdyk, MD


Initiatives 2

Clinical Alarms and the Impact on Patient Safety

By Maria Cvach MS, RN, CCRN, Deborah Dang, PhD, RN, NEA BC, Jan Foster, PhD, APRN, CNS, and Janice Irechukwu, BSN, RN, MSN (c)


Panel Discussion: Clinical Alarms: Where are we today? What more can be done?

Moderator: Thomas Aherns DNS, RN, CCNS, FAAN


Initiatives 3

In-Hospital Resuscitation: Early Intervention and Rescue

Interview with Elizabeth Hunt, MD, MPH, PhD


Panel Discussion: Rapid Response Systems: Consensus and Controversy

Moderator: Michael DeVita MD


Initiatives 4

Contamination and Cross Contamination on Hospital Surfaces and Medical Equipment

Kathleen Meehan Arias, MS, CIC


Infection Prevention: Contamination and Cross Contamination on Hospital Surfaces and Medical Equipment.

Moderator: Kathleen Arias, MS, CIC


Initiatives 5

Monitoring Oxygen Toxicity in the Preterm Infant:

Mechanisms, Critical Questions and Clinical Challenges (CME, CNE, CRCE)

T. Allen Merritt, MD, MHA and Jan Mazela, MD, PhD


Steps Towards a More Rational Use of Supplemental Oxygen: Lessons from the Experts (CME, CNE, CRCE)


Special Panel Discussion

Oxygen Toxicity in the Preterm: The Role of Pulse Oximetry