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Medical Error And Harm

Patients in the intensive care unit generally have complex healthcare issues with underlying comorbidities and organ dysfunction. They are thus more vulnerable to medical errors. Often, the treatment of these patients requires the use of interventions that could potentially result in adverse event

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Medical Error, Harm and Patient Safety

Join our panellists on March 1 at 16:00 CET as they discuss the prevalence and types of medical errors in the ICU, the psychological impact of these errors, and strategies to prevent them and improve the safety of critically ill patients. Moderator Jean-Louis Vincent  Editor-i

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Coping With the Psychological Impact of Medical Errors: Some Practical Strategies

Significant efforts have been made to make hospitals and ICUs as safe as possible. As healthcare workers (HCWs) try to get through this pandemic, the focus of this article is to explore practical steps to help these workers better cope with the psychological effects of being i

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Patient Safety in the ICU: Exploring Trends in Adverse Events in ICUs

Adverse events (AEs) are common among critically ill patients. Evidence about the nature, preventability and predictability of AEs can be used to reinvest in efforts to reduce them and improve patient safety in ICUs. Case Mr. A, a previously well 70-year-old male was

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Processes to Reduce Medication Errors in the ICU

Medication errors are common in the complex environment of the ICU. This article provides an overview of the prevalence and impact of these errors and the processes that could help reduce their incidence. Introduction Medicines are the most widely used intervention in the critical care e

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Learning from Medical Errors

Healthcare professionals/trainees are often unprepared to experience and learn from errors due to structural characteristics of our systems and training programmes. Restructuration is needed to allow learning from errors. Introduction Medical error is considered one of the ten leading ca

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Rethinking Critical Care - Use and Challenges of Artificial Intelligence

Why digitalisation of intensive care medicine means less rather than more data Intensive Care Medicine is generating an amount of data that is hardly analysable by humans. Digitalising and using artificial intelligence has to focus on providing less rather than more data. Introd

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The Future ICU

Critical Care Medicine has existed for many years, but was only recognised as a specialty in the last 40 years or so. However, during this time, there has been a tremendous amount of change. Over the years, our understanding of different critical illnesses has improved, and our treatment strategies

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Clinical Decision Support Systems: Future or Present in ICU?

Clinical decision support systems (CDSS) are today, a reality. More complex, useful systems will be developed in the near future, forging CDSS an essential part of ICU monitoring. However, we need to understand the algorithms embedded in CDSS and to assess them correctly. They will need to first

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Closing the Loop: The Road to Zero Medication Errors

Summary: It is estimated that even today, medical errors are the third leading cause of deaths in the US, costing the health system several billions of dollars a year. Many of these deaths can be attributed to the misuse of medication.   When used properly, medications save live

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