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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
As reported on MedPage Today, a recent study has found that out of the 200 top-selling pediatric over-the-counter medications — including analgesic, cough/cold, allergy, and gastrointestinal liquid medications for children under 12 — more than twenty five percent (25%) didn't include a spoon or other dosing device. And among those that enclosed a dosing device, […]