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Barriers and Strategies for Effective Patient Rescue

Doctor patient healthcare

Why are some hospitals much better—or much worse—than others at rescuing patients from serious but treatable post-surgical complications? In their Commonwealth Fund–supported study (Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, Nov. 2014), Elliot Wakeam, M.D., and colleagues found that communication problems, a hierarchical staff culture, poor training, and imprecise quality metrics are all barriers to effective rescue.

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