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September 5, 2019

Bias in Medicine: Under-Served Patient Populations

There is an overlooked and harsh reality many patients face in our medical system: bias.  In the American healthcare system, gender and/or race can impact a person’s access to appropriate health care and treatment. The impact of bias in medicine is a danger to patient safety and can be the difference between life and...
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August 6, 2019

New Rules for Michigan Midwives Promote Patient Safety

An increasing number of women are turning to midwives for maternity care in the current culture where women are wanting greater ownership of their health, particularly their pregnancy, and the outcomes of that pregnancy based on the choices they are able to make. A nurse midwife is a specialized nurse that deals with pregnancy,...
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July 12, 2019

Who is Most At-Risk for a Sleep-Related Accident

Sleep deprivation is a growing concern that can’t be ignored. Public safety and well-being are victims of poor sleep when a moving vehicle gets involved. While anyone can suffer from a lack of sleep, there are people who are at greater risk due to their age and/or vocation. If you fall into one of...
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December 28, 2018

Improving Patient Safety: The Surgical Black Box

After an aviation accident, immediate efforts are made to recover an electronic recording device in the aircraft known as the “black box.” The aviation black box records important data, including cockpit voices and sounds, and recent flight history. The black box helps facilitate the investigation of aviation accidents and incidents to improve safety and...
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December 17, 2018

Patient Safety in Michigan Hospitals: What Letter Grade Did Your Local Hospital Receive in the Fall 2018 National Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade?

What is Patient Safety? Patient safety is a discipline that emphasizes safety in the health care industry through the prevention, reduction, reporting, and analysis of medical error that leads to adverse effects. As time progresses, healthcare becomes more effective but also more complex with the use of new technology, medications, and treatments. The complexity...
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