Living Innovation Blog
A blog about important topics for medical device and healthcare innovators.
New Federal Hospital Patient Safety Program
Last Wednesday, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Partnership for Patients, a provision of the Affordable Care Act to help reduce medical errors and improve patient safety in hospitals.
The initiative stems back to concerns over a November 1999 Institute of Medicine report, “To Err Is Human,” which identified significant safety issues within our nations’ hospitals. Sentinel events due to missteps in performing tests and procedures, administering treatments, providing timely care, using equipment, communicating orders — the report cites them all. Since then, there’s been little change: A 2010 DOH report says that 27 percent of hospitalized Medicare patients experience adverse events, 44 percent of which are “clearly or likely” preventable.
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Posted on Apr 26, 2011
Medical Device Design: Asthma Inhaler Leaves a Lot to be Desired
A recent article in Futurity quotes study findings that three out of four kids and teens with asthma have trouble using inhalers properly and only one in four gets it completely right.
Could inhalers benefit from earlier usability testing? The study’s leader, Betsy Sleath, included 296 patients aged eight to 16 using four different devices, three of which deliver medication, one of which is a need assessment device. The top scoring drug delivery device, Advair’s diskus, had the high score with just 21.9 percent of participants able to perform all steps correctly.
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Posted on Apr 07, 2011