Perspectives on Safety
Using Video to Assess Quality and Safety
In Conversation With… John D. Birkmeyer, MD
Dr. Birkmeyer is Chief Academic Officer and Executive Vice President at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. We spoke with him about his seminal New England Journal of Medicine video study that found a link between practicing surgeons' directly observed technical skills and surgical outcomes.
Listen to an audio excerpt of the interview
(.MP3 | 11.4 MB)
Video to Improve Patient Safety: Clinical and Educational Uses
by Yan Xiao, PhD; Colin F. Mackenzie, MB, ChB; and F. Jacob Seagull, PhD
This piece explores the advantages of using video in clinical practice and health care education to augment safety and quality.
Cases & Commentaries
An older woman with a history of pulmonary hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and coronary artery disease was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia. She received levofloxacin (administered approximately 3 hours after presentation). Twenty-four hours after admission, her blood cultures grew methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
, and vancomycin was added to her antibiotic regimen. The patient developed respiratory failure requiring mechanical ventilation as well as septic shock requiring vasopressors.
David Shimabukuro, MD
CME/CEU credit available for this case
A 21-year-old woman with a history of Marfan syndrome complicated by aortic root dilation presented to the emergency department with abdominal pain and was found to be pregnant. It was her second pregnancy; she had a therapeutic abortion 4 years earlier due to the risk of aortic rupture during pregnancy. At that time, the patient had been advised to have her aortic root surgically repaired in the near future. However, after the patient turned 18, she did not receive regular follow-up care or pre-conception or contraception counseling despite the risk to her health should she become pregnant.
Megumi J. Okumura, MD, MAS, and Roberta G. Williams, MD
A man with a history of poorly controlled diabetes and pancreatic insufficiency was found unresponsive. Paramedics transported him to the emergency department, where a resident placed a right internal jugular line for access but was unable to confirm placement. The resident pulled the line, opened a second line insertion kit, started over, and confirmed placement with ultrasound. The patient went into cardiac arrest, and a chest radiograph noted a retained guidewire in the pulmonary artery.
Dustin W. Ballard, MD, MBE; David R. Vinson, MD; and Dustin G. Mark, MD
News from AHRQ Patient Safety Network
Visit AHRQ PSNet
for patient safety news & info
Submit a Case
Do you know of a case that highlights medical errors? All submissions are anonymous.
Submit a Case/Learn More
Find Cases & Commentaries...
Did You Know?