This website has been created to help physicians and nurses abide by one of the fundamental tenets of medicine:
First, do no harm. Hippocrates said it 2,400 years ago, and this advice on risk reduction has never been more relevant.

 

Whether you’re an intensivist who depends on central venous catheters, a nurse placing PICCs or a nephrologist using acute hemodialysis catheters, FirstDoNoHarm.com has information relevant to you, such as updates on the renewed focus on patient safety in the critical care environment typified by initiatives like the 5 Million Lives Campaign and evidence that the larger the French size of a PICC, the greater the risk of thrombosis.

 

Safety for healthcare workers is equally compelling, and it involves a host of issues ranging from sharps safety to compliance.

 

With that in mind, FirstDoNoHarm.com is designed to help healthcare professionals by providing:

  • A clearinghouse for the latest unbiased, authoritative information on preventing hospital-acquired conditions.
    This includes clinical studies, relevant news stories and Mythbusters.
  • A clinical education area with rich media and podcasts to share insights and risk-reduction techniques.
  • A patient education section with high level information on hospital-acquired conditions.

 

FirstDoNoHarm.com is only useful if it meets the needs of physicians, nurses, administrators and patients.

 

The 5 Million Lives Campaign is a nationwide initiative launched by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) to significantly reduce morbidity and mortality in American health care.