Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Culture of safety key to reducing chances for medical errors

Date:
January 25, 2011
Source:
American Society for Radiation Oncology
Summary:
Radiation oncologists can enhance patient safety in their clinics by further developing a culture of safety in which all team members are alerted to the possibility of errors and can work together to maximize safety, according to a new article.

Radiation oncologists can enhance patient safety in their clinics by further developing a culture of safety in which all team members are alerted to the possibility of errors and can work together to maximize safety, according to an invited article in the inaugural issue of Practical Radiation Oncology (PRO), a new medical journal whose mission is to improve the quality of radiation oncology practice.

Related Articles


PRO is an official journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).

Each year, radiation therapy is used safely and effective to cure cancer and provide pain relief to millions of people living with a diagnosis of cancer. Advances in the field have allows doctors to dramatically improve the effectiveness of the treatment, extending lives and significantly reducing side effects. Unfortunately, some of these changes have also increased the potential for errors. While errors are rare and usually do not harm the health and safety of the patient, any error is too many.

"The advent of newer, more complex treatments has somewhat altered the treatment team's responsibilities, in some cases, instilling an unwarranted perception of infallibility," Lawrence B. Marks, M.D., professor and chair of radiation oncology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., and lead author of the article, said. "Our field needs to better understand the frequency and causes of errors, especially those with the potential to do harm. We also need to incorporate basic human-factors principles that minimize risks, into the design of our workspaces and services."

According to the article, basic principles that can maximize safety include automation, standardization, checklists, workflow improvement and redundancy for high-risk procedures.

"We need to develop a culture of safety in which all of the team members are working together to maximize safety and in which safety initiatives acknowledge the 'heirarchy of effectiveness,'" Dr. Marks said.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by American Society for Radiation Oncology. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Journal Reference:

  1. Lawrence B. Marks, Marianne Jackson, Liyi Xie, Sha X. Chang, Katharin Deschesne Burkhardt, Lukasz Mazur, Ellen L. Jones, Patricia Saponaro, Dana LaChapelle, Dee C. Baynes, Robert D. Adams. The challenge of maximizing safety in radiation oncology. Practical Radiation Oncology, 2011; 1 (1): 2-14 DOI: 10.1016/j.prro.2010.10.001

Cite This Page:

American Society for Radiation Oncology. "Culture of safety key to reducing chances for medical errors." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 25 January 2011. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110125141812.htm>.
American Society for Radiation Oncology. (2011, January 25). Culture of safety key to reducing chances for medical errors. ScienceDaily. Retrieved March 31, 2015 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110125141812.htm
American Society for Radiation Oncology. "Culture of safety key to reducing chances for medical errors." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110125141812.htm (accessed March 31, 2015).

Share This


More From ScienceDaily



More Health & Medicine News

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Soda, Salt and Sugar: The Next Generation of Taxes

Soda, Salt and Sugar: The Next Generation of Taxes

Washington Post (Mar. 30, 2015) — Denisa Livingston, a health advocate for the Dinι Community Advocacy Alliance, and the Post&apos;s Abby Phillip discuss efforts around the country to make unhealthy food choices hurt your wallet as much as your waistline. Video provided by Washington Post
Powered by NewsLook.com
UnitedHealth Buys Catamaran

UnitedHealth Buys Catamaran

Reuters - Business Video Online (Mar. 30, 2015) — The $12.8 billion merger will combine the U.S.&apos; third and fourth largest pharmacy benefit managers. Analysts say smaller PBMs could also merge. Fred Katayama reports. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
S. Leone in New Anti-Ebola Lockdown

S. Leone in New Anti-Ebola Lockdown

AFP (Mar. 28, 2015) — Sierra Leone imposed a three-day nationwide lockdown Friday for the second time in six months in a bid to prevent a resurgence of the deadly Ebola virus. Duration: 01:17 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
These Popular Antibiotics Can Cause Permanent Nerve Damage

These Popular Antibiotics Can Cause Permanent Nerve Damage

Newsy (Mar. 27, 2015) — A popular class of antibiotic can leave patients in severe pain and even result in permanent nerve damage. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
 
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:  

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories

 

Health & Medicine

Mind & Brain

Living & Well

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:  

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile iPhone Android Web
Follow Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins