The December 2022 issue of Patient Safety is available to read and download at no charge.
Best wishes to our readers for a happy and safe holiday season! Our latest publication offers vital information, tools, resources, and articles that can help improve the safety and well-being of patients and healthcare workers in the new year.
- Taylor et al. describe a patient safety initiative that reduced the incidence of perioperative emergence delirium at a Veterans Affairs hospital—and provide you with everything you need to replicate their work.
- What is the past, present, and future of nursing? Nursing professor Eileen Fruchtl discusses how nursing education has been evolving and what it may become following the pandemic, and Toothaker et al. look at the challenges recently graduated nurses face as they transition into the workforce.
- John Olsen et al. describe the success and impact of Jefferson Health’s peer support program, RISE (Resilience in Stressful Events).
- Abigail Baluyot et al. share communication problems they identified in patient hand-offs between hospitals and skilled nursing facilities, and what they did to improve the process.
This issue also includes an important safety alert about the risk of air embolism during cardiac ablation procedures, an update to acute care reporting rates in Pennsylvania last year, and an inside look at how prison systems in Pennsylvania deliver healthcare to inmates.
Patient Safety is fully open access (no fees for authors or readers). We welcome submissions from all over the world. If your manuscript can help advance patient safety, please send it to us for consideration, and kindly share our journal articles with anyone who would benefit from them.
Letter From the Editor
Original Research and Articles
Welcome to Patient Safety!
As the journal of the Patient Safety Authority, an independent agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania committed to the vision of “safe healthcare for all patients,” we publish open access, peer-reviewed articles highlighting original research, advanced analytics, and hot topics in healthcare.
Patients are at the heart of everything we do at the Authority. Recognizing and sharing patient experiences helps guide our efforts and inspire change, and we seek to engage patients in our work whenever possible. Patients provide their perspective in this journal not only as contributors, with a patient or family commentary in every issue, but also as members of the editorial board and trusted advisors.
With the best interest of patients always top of mind, the mission of this publication is to give clinicians, administrators, and patients the information they need to prevent harm and improve safety—including evidence-based, original research; editorials addressing current and sometimes controversial issues; and analysis of data from one of the world’s largest adverse event reporting databases. Patient Safety complies with the Patients Included™ journal charter, which requires at least two patient members on the editorial board; regular publication of editorials, reviews, or research articles authored by patients; and peer review by patients.
We invite you to submit manuscripts that align with our mission. We’re particularly looking for well-written original research articles, reviews, commentaries, case studies, data analyses, quality improvement studies, or other manuscripts that will advance patient safety.
Together we can save lives.