Alcohol and drug testing of health professionals following preventable adverse events: a bad idea.
Banja J. Am J Bioeth. 2014;14:25-36.
Human error and fallibility are a part of health care delivery that can be exacerbated by fatigue and system failures. This commentary explains why implementing a formal process for substance abuse testing following an adverse event is not a feasible risk management strategy. The author suggests that providing programs to promote speaking up when peer impairment is possible may enhance safety more effectively.
Five years after 'To Err is Human': what have we learned?
Leape LL, Berwick DM. JAMA. 2005;293:2384-2390.
Medical errors still claiming many lives.
Weise E. USA Today. May 18, 2005.
Accidental deaths, saved lives, and improved quality.
Brennan TA, Gawande A, Thomas E, Studdert D. N Engl J Med. 2005;353:1405-1409.
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State: nurse error caused death.
Wahlberg D. Wisconsin State Journal. July 22, 2006:A1.