Are Superbug Infections the Ultimate Patient Safety Threat?

Posted on January 23, 2017 by

The medical community expressed alarm over a case in Nevada involving an elderly woman who died from a superbug infection. Doctors could not keep the infection from spreading, and later determined she was infected with the superbug CRE. This case is a reminder that superbug infections could become the most serious patient safety threat of… Read more »

Tags: PatientCare
Posted in Medical Negligence

4 Common Pharmacy Mistakes that Can Harm Patients

Posted on January 18, 2017 by

have the potential to cause serious injuries or deaths to patients, so it is important to recognize how these errors are made. In some cases, patients or family members can prevent pharmacy mistakes with extra diligence. The following four pharmacy errors are among the most common: Mistaken handwriting: In some cases, a doctor’s poor handwriting… Read more »

Tags: Prescription
Posted in Medication Errors

Florida Hospitals Lose Funding for Patient Safety Hazards

Posted on January 16, 2017 by

Seven hospitals in Northeast Florida are losing Medicare funding for having high rates of hospital-acquired infections and other patient safety hazards. Under a provision in the Affordable Care Act, hospitals are graded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on patient safety. Hospitals are assigned scores on a 10-point scale. Those in the bottom… Read more »

Tags: HospitalSafety
Posted in Medical Negligence

Parents Sue Florida Hospital After Horrifying Medical Mistake

Posted on January 11, 2017 by

Two parents have filed a lawsuit for medical malpractice after a horrifying medical mistake left their 19-month-old daughter unable to eat solid foods. The child was rushed to a Florida hospital by her mother after swallowing a small lithium button battery. These batteries generate electrical currents when they come into contact with human tissue. After… Read more »

Tags: Tampa
Posted in Medical Negligence

3 Ways New Telemedicine Technologies are Improving Patient Safety

Posted on January 04, 2017 by

New telemedicine technologies are transforming hospitals across the country by making it easier for healthcare professionals to monitor and communicate with patients. Depending on the hospital, these new technologies are used in a variety of different ways to improve patient safety. Improving communications with patients: At St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska, nurses… Read more »

Tags: PatientSafety
Posted in Medical Malpractice

Are Some Pharmacies More Concerned with Profits Than Patient Safety?

Posted on January 02, 2017 by

Pharmacists are responsible for ensuring patients understand how to safely take their medications. Unfortunately, some have argued that drug store policies can make it difficult or impossible for pharmacists to converse with patients. That is because pharmacists at these stores may be understaffed and overworked. These policies may increase the risk pharmacists fail to warn… Read more »

Tags: DrugStore
Posted in Medication Errors

Are Female Doctors Safer Than Their Male Counterparts?

Posted on December 28, 2016 by

A new JAMA Internal Medicine article has good news for senior citizens receiving treatment from female doctors. They may have better patient outcomes. According to the Harvard doctors responsible for the article, senior citizen patients treated by women had lower mortality rates within 30 days of admission. The data shows 11.07 percent patients treated by… Read more »

Tags: PatientCare
Posted in Medical Negligence

Will This Alarming New Policy Cause an Increase in Medical Mistakes?

Posted on December 26, 2016 by

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education will vote on increasing the number of consecutive hours first-year residents can work. This private organization is responsible for overseeing physician training in the United States. If this new policy goes into effect, it may have implications for patient safety in hospitals. At the moment, first-year residents fresh… Read more »

Tags: Medicine
Posted in Medical Malpractice


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