Vol. 2 No. 4 (2020): Patient Safety— December 2020
Our December 2020 issue is now available to read and download at no charge.
Each issue features the latest evidence-based research, thoughtful commentaries and editorials, interviews with healthcare leaders and safety advocates, and powerful patient stories.
- An in-depth study of variables associated with wrong-site surgeries in Pennsylvania, demonstrating that this “never event” still happens all too often
- An interview with Queen Quet, head of state of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, about life on the Sea Islands, overcoming racial disparities in healthcare, and more
- A focus on sepsis, a severe condition that is difficult to distinguish from the flu and COVID-19
- A polio survivor who never had the choice to take the vaccine shares her struggles with the aftereffects of the disease since she contracted it in childhood
- Researchers delve into wrong-patient errors related to health information technology
- A timely look at risks involved with using prone positioning to treat patients for acute respiratory distress syndrome, a common complication of COVID-19 and other infections
Thank you to our authors, peer reviewers, editorial board members, and Patient Safety Authority staff, who all play a part in the success of our journal and in advancing patient safety everywhere. Patient Safety is fully open access (no subscription fees or author fees), so please consider sending us your next original manuscript and sharing our journal with your colleagues, students, families, friends, and patients. Together we save lives.
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.