In the News: The Terror of Medical Errors

ivWatch CNO discusses "never events" and the importance of honest reporting of medical errors reduce adverse events and improve patient safety.

The Healthcare Purchasing News article with a focus on preventing never events states the exact number and nature of medical errors that occur annually is up for debate. Some events might be underreported and/or important details undisclosed, and that’s often the case for complications involving IVs. Within the piece, ivWatch’s Chief Nursing Officer, Susan Brown, states that despite the best care and internal programs put in place, harm from IV infiltrations and extravasations still occurs due to unique patient factors.

Yet, there’s hope for the future as “many organizations are committed to patient safety protocols and to removing the barriers that prevent accurate, honest reporting of adverse events.” Read the full article here.