Ensuring patient safety is a front-and-center issue in health care. There are many different initiatives addressing all aspects of the care people receive in hospitals. An important component of the program is making sure there is absolute clarity of communication about prescribed medications and dosages. In the past, we used "cc" as an abbreviation for cubic centimeters, a measure of volume (for example, "Please give 500cc of normal saline intravenously"). However, cc when handwritten can look like additional zeroes and cause a real problem. We used to write "5.0 mg" when we meant 5 milligrams. Imagine the potential consequence of not seeing the period and thinking the order was for 50 milligrams. We no longer use trailing zeroes.
The recipe of the week e-mails take a team of people to produce. The double-check system in place failed to catch the error some of you probably noticed in the chilled cucumber soup recipe from July 5. A corrected version was e-mailed to the over 10,500 subscribers. I hope not too many people wasted good ingredients because of the error. We will be looking carefully at our processes with the goal of avoiding future occurrences like this.
This week's offering was inspired by a colleague who sent me an article on building a better salad. I have tried multiple versions of this over time. With ingredients fresh from your local market, you can't go wrong.