Becton, Dickinson & Co. has agreed to buy CareFusion for $12.2 billion in a deal that could be finalized during the first half of next year. Recent research and development activities at the two firms have focused on tools used to minimize patient-safety issues, including drug errors.
About 157 facilities reported saving $2.13 billion in costs and 22,164 lives within two years under Premier alliance's QUEST High Performing Hospitals initiative. Participants in the patient-safety program employ Premier's Perspectives hospital database to determine key factors that contribute to high costs, deaths and errors, as well as those tied to better patient care.
In a survey conducted by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, about 31% of respondents said the use of radio frequency identification can help boost patient safety in health care organizations. However, only 16% of respondents actually used the technology for patient-safety efforts, according to the survey. Cited barriers to RFID use included the cost and the need for a higher return on investment.
A report from the British National Patient Safety Agency showed that more than 3,600 people died from patient-safety incidents, including medication errors, hospital-bug-related events and mistakes in clinical assessments, between 2007 and 2008. Health experts say the increase is because more hospital staff are reporting such incidents.