The September 2022 issue of Patient Safety is now available to read and download at no charge.
In addition to celebrating the third anniversary of our journal, this month we recognize World Patient Safety Day with articles focused on the theme “Medication Without Harm,” and World Cancer Research Day with articles about improving care for oncology patients.
- Medication safety experts at the Patient Safety Authority and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia answer readers’ questions about meds, such as “How can I dispose of unused pills safely?” and “How do I measure my medication?”
- Lucy Bocknek et al. studied events concerning duplicate medication orders, investigating the causes and providing strategies to protect patients.
- Ioana Popescu offers a look at patient safety reporting in Canada and improvements they have implemented that may serve as a model for other healthcare systems.
- We asked oncologist Dr. Joe Jacobson, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, about the challenges facing patients and clinicians in navigating complex diagnoses and healthcare systems, and how we might face them in the future.
- Cassandra Vonnes and Cindy Tofthagen outline a quality improvement initiative designed to better manage delirium in hospitalized cancer patients.
- Charles Pilcher and Mark Graber share how lessons learned in malpractice settlements can be leveraged to prevent future harm.
This edition also includes an important safety alert about harm caused by improper use of wheelchairs, the results of a culture of safety survey that initiated change at a healthcare facility, and a deeply personal account from a surgical resident on the impact of clinician burnout.
Patient Safety is fully open access (no fees for authors or readers). We welcome submissions from all over the world. If your work can help advance patient safety, please send us your next manuscript. Please also share this journal and its articles with your colleagues and acquaintances.
Letter From the Editor
Original Research and Articles
Patient Safety Initiatives
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.