Patient Safety Alert 14: Pharmacy Compounding Safe Practice Recommendations (PDF)
The AMC PSO recently held its follow up Medication Safety Task Force collaborative convening session in order to discuss the best practices regarding the issues within compounding sterile preparations and patient safety that were brought up in the first meeting.
One retrospective study examining breast implant lawsuits (O’Brien C, 1999) detailed how plaintiffs used individual legal claims against doctor defendants to push these physicians into quick and lower monetary settlements so larger, and more expensive, future lawsuits against the manufacturers could be financed.
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- Plaintiffs have also won recent combined lawsuits against physicians and manufactures over medication and medical device malfunctions (Gallegos A, 2013): In 2012, a jury ordered a physician and manufacturer to pay $5.5 million to a mesh implant plaintiff. Jurors found the manufacturer 60% at fault and the surgeon 40% at fault. Multiple lawsuits regarding flawed mesh implants are currently in motion.
More AMC PSO Content
Publications such as whitepapers and guidelines derived from the AMC PSO convenings.
Programmable Medical Equipment Risks and Interventions
The AMC PSO has identified a series of practices employed to address the factors that can contribute to risk associated with programmable medical devices.
Wrong Site Surgery Report
The AMC PSO has identified the a series of practices employed to address the factors that can contribute to a wrong-site surgery.
The Risks of Programmable Medical Equipment
The AMC PSO has identified a broad array of programmable medical devices and made several recommendations to decrease risk due to user fallibility, equipment complexity, and highly variable processes.
PCA Pump Alarm Safety Concerns
The AMC PSO has identified a series of practices employed to address the factors that can contribute to risk associated with ambulatory pumps.
The Safety of Inpatient Health Care
Funded by CRICO, The Safety of Inpatient Health Care study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on January 12, 2023 is an important follow up to the landmark Harvard Medical Practice Study (HMPS), published in 1991.
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