Vol. 2 No. 1 (2020): Patient Safety — March 2020

Zebra on black background, for article "I am the zebra."

A new issue of our journal, Patient Safety, is now available! Read the March 2020 edition online at no charge or download a PDF version at PatientSafetyJ.com.

Each issue of Patient Safety brings you the latest evidence-based research and data analytics, interviews with healthcare experts and advocates, thought-provoking editorials, and inspiring stories from patients and families. Our cover story, “I Am the Zebra,” is a patient commentary from Missy Adams and her husband, Solomon, detailing her long, difficult journey toward an accurate diagnosis.

In this issue we also hear from Mary Ellen Mannix, who shares the tragic story of her son James and how her efforts to understand what happened to him led her to speak up for other patients. Additional highlights: A practice improvement paper about an organization’s efforts to decrease medication errors related to patient weight discrepancies, a new safety self-assessment tool to help prevent vancomycin-related events, and a look at how safety is compromised when hospital equipment cannot accommodate obese patients. Members of the LGBTQ community tell us in their own words about their healthcare experiences and how we can provide safe care for all patients, and we celebrate the winners of the Patient Safety Authority’s 2020 I AM Patient Safety Awards.

Thank you to all our authors, peer reviewers, Patient Safety Authority staff, and editorial board members who help make this journal possible. Patient Safety is fully open access (no subscription fees or author fees), so please consider submitting an original manuscript to us.

There’s something in Patient Safety for everyone—healthcare workers, researchers, and patients alike. If you enjoy our journal, we appreciate you sharing it within your social circle, including friends, family, colleagues, students, and patients! Together we save lives.

Published: 2020-03-17

Letter From the Editor