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A blind spot in hospital safety: Surgeon credentialing for new procedures and technologies

from Infection Control Today

For all the attention hospitals have paid to patient safety in the last decade, a big blind spot is making them — and their patients — vulnerable to harm, according to a new Viewpoint piece in JAMA by members of the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation. Specifically, the lack of robust processes for credentialing and privileging surgeons on new technologies and procedures poses a major issue that hospitals and professional societies should address, say U-M medical student Jason Pradarelli and U-M Medical School faculty members Justin Dimick, M.D., MPH, and Darrell Campbell, Jr., M.D., in the new piece. more

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