Tag - safety

From Cape Town to the world; the continuing journey to patient safety

  Red Cross Children's Hospital I graduated from Wits Medical School 40 years ago and completed my paediatric training at the Red Cross Children’s hospital and at UCT.  As I celebrate the anniversary of my graduation I would also like to reflect on what I knew then about patient safety as opposed to what we know now. (more…)

2 Billion Peripheral IV Catheters – and Most Of Them Fail!

Globally, 2 billion peripheral IV catheters (PIVCs) are placed each year. Most patients admitted to hospital for treatment require one. Surprisingly, 50% or more[1-4] have their PIVC removed because it stops working (becomes dislodged or occluded) or because of a complication, such as infiltration, phlebitis or infection. (more…)