Reducing the burden of surgical harm: a systematic review of the interventions used to reduce adverse events in surgery

May 28, 2014

Source:  Annals of Surgery 259/4 pp. 630-41

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Date of publication:  April 2014

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  The authors completed a systematic review of interventions used to reduce adverse events in surgery. The Newcastle-Ottawa Scale was used to measure the quality of observational studies and RCTs were assessed using the Cochrane Collaboration’s tool for assessing risk of bias. Effective process interventions were submission of outcome data to national audit, use of safety checklists, and adherence to a care pathway. Certain safety technology significantly reduced harm, and team training had a positive effect on patient outcome. The conclusion was that only a small cohort of medium- to high-quality interventions effectively reduce surgical harm and are feasible to implement.

Length of Publication:  12 pages

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Care pathways and patient safety: key concepts, patient outcomes and related interventions

November 28, 2010

Source:  International Journal of Care Pathways  Vol 14 Iss 3 p124-128

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Date of publication:  September 2010

Publication type:  Journal Article

In a nutshell:  This article is a review of key concepts and literature which looks at pathways interventions in the area of patient safety, and any parallels which can be drawn from these.  Also investigated is using patient safety issues when developing pathways and implementating them.

Length of publication: 4 pages

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Acknowledgement:  CINAHL