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Archive for the ‘Medication Error’ Category

A short guide to avoiding hospital mistakes
Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

About 1.7 million hospital-acquired infections cause or contribute to 99,000 deaths each year. That makes preventable medical mistakes the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Some hospitals are finding innovative ways to reduce the risk of medical errors – see this OPB story about an Oregon hospital – and ultimately, it is […]

Prenatal Exposure to Valproate Increases Risk of Autism
Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Valproate is a a chemical compound used as an anticonvulsant in the treatment of epilepsy. A presentation recently delivered at the annual meeting of the American Epilepsy Society advised that children born to mothers with epilepsy treated with valproate during pregnancy are at an increased risk for autism. The study included 655,691 children born to […]

What Drugs Cause the Most Emergency Hospitalizations for Senior Adults?
Sunday, December 4th, 2011

An adverse drug event ("ADE") requiring hospitalization typically occurs when a properly administered drug causes an adverse reaction (such as an allergic reaction), or a patient accidentally overdoses on a drug, or takes the wrong drug. According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, there were approximately 100,000 emergency hospitalizations for […]

Patients in California Being Treated for Macular Degeneration Blinded by Eye Injections of Avastin
Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

The media is reporting that five patients being treated at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, for wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) have been blinded following eye injections of contaminated Avastin that had been repackaged into smaller doses.  The news comes following reports of serious eye infections suffered by patients in Florida and […]

Strategies to Avoid Injuries and Deaths from Hospital-Acquired Infections
Thursday, August 18th, 2011

In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that roughly 1.7 million hospital-acquired infections, from all types of microorganisms, including bacteria, combined, cause or contribute to 99,000 deaths each year. In an article in Becker's Hospital Review, Dr. William Yarbrough of the Dallas VA Medical Center recommends five strategies to reduce […]

Hospital Acquired Conditions Not Reimbursed by Medicaid or Medicare Often Constitute Medical Malpractice in Oregon
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Medicaid recently announced a policy of not paying for certain medical conditions typically not present on admission, but only acquired in the hospital due to poor care, and thus could reasonably have been prevented (see sample coverage here). The new policy mirrors that of Medicare, which has already been refusing to reimburse hospitals for such […]

Electronic Prescriptions As Likely to Contain Errors as Handwritten Ones
Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

According to a paper recently published in the Journal of American Medical Information Association, by Dr. Karen Nanji of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, more than 10% of electronic prescriptions contain an error, which means that prescriptions sent electronically are just as likely to contain mistakes as handwritten ones. The researchers analyzed 3,850 computer-generated prescriptions […]

Infant’s Death From Drug Overdose Highlights Risks of Increasing Reliance on Electronic Health Records
Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Genesis Burkett, a premature baby born 16 weeks early, recently died from a massive overdose of sodium chloride. The cause of the medical error was traced to a pharmacy technician using an electronic health records system who typed the wrong information into a field on the screen causing an automated machine at the infant's hospital […]

Cardiac Stent Manufacturers Provide Majority of Funding to Society of Cardiac Angiography and Interventions
Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

In the latest in a series of articles about disquieting financial ties between the medical community and the drug & medical device industry, ProPublica exposes that The Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions received the majority of its funding from medical device makers who produce cardiac stents, like Abbott Laboratories and Medtronic. What makes this […]

Obama Administration Cuts Through Malpractice Noise, Announces Campaign To Improve Patient Safety
Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

    President Obama has set a lofty goal of reducing by forty percent the number of preventable medical errors over the coming three years.  Studies show preventable errors are a growing problem and significantly driving up medical costs.  The LA Times reports that a recent study found that 1 in 3 hospital patients experienced an adverse […]