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Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Web site answers patient safety questions

By Carolyn Rogers

Have a question about patient safety? Odds are the Academy's Patient Safety Web site - patientsafety.aaos.org - has the answer. The site serves as a focal point for the Academy's numerous patient safety efforts, consolidating information for consumers, health care professionals and AAOS membership.

Members only

The special "AAOS Members Only" section provides members with easy access to AAOS patient safety member alerts and the Orthopaedic Medical Legal Advisor newsletter. In addition, members can access a 58-slide Community Orthopaedic Awareness Program PowerPoint presentation on patient safety that was developed for groups such as senior citizens clubs, chambers of commerce and other publics. An AAOS Resource Kit designed to help members call attention to the "Take Care! Patient Safety Is No Accident!" program within their communities is also available.

Members-only content also includes examples of standard order sets for commonly performed procedures, including ankle fractures, club foot, femur fractures, idiopathic scoliosis, shoulder surgery, postoperative shoulder surgery, total hip and total knee replacements.

Health care professionals

The site also includes a special section for all health care professionals. There, family physicians, nurses and other medical personnel as well as the public can access items such as to JCAHO's new "Universal Protocol for Eliminating Wrong-Site, Wrong-Procedure, Wrong-Person Surgery" and implementation guidelines. AAOS advisory statements on patient safety are also posted, as well as information on herb-drug interactions, and links to more than a dozen AAOS Bulletin articles relating to patient safety. Health care professionals also can access the "Sign Your Site" audio-visual presentation, the Academy's new patient safety checklists and much more.

A section on patient safety tips provides information about building patient safety into office routines, hospital practices and individual encounters with patients.

Consumers

For consumers, the site provides information about the issues surrounding patient safety, tips on how patients can be involved in their own care to help prevent medical errors and links to the Academy's patient safety public service announcements and a variety of other patient safety resources. Check out patientsafety.aaos.org today!

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