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Study finds air traffic control tracking method reduces errors in trauma management

CHICAGO (June 11, 2009) New research published in the June issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons shows that a method used by air traffic controllers tracks patient data more effectively and with fewer errors compared with current hospital methods, primarily the use of clipboa...

Side discrepancy errors in radiology reports rare but often clinically significant

Side discrepancy errors in radiology reports do occur and it is important that radiologists, referring physicians and patients communicate well to help prevent errors in clinical management, according to a study performed at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA. "Side discrepancy errors refe...

Medication Errors Could Be Cut: Experts

Two reports show promise of computers, pharmacists for proper prescribing MONDAY, April 27 (HealthDay News) -- Medication errors and adverse drug reactions cost lives and dollars each year in the United States, but two new reports suggest ways hospitals and pharmacists can work to redu...

Quantros Produces Video Detailing Enormous Problem of Preventable Medical Errors Plaguing The U.S. Healthcare System

Tens of Thousands of Americans Die Unnecessarily Every Year From Preventable Medical Errors San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) March 13, 2009 -- In support of National Patient Safety Awareness Week , Quantros , a leading provider of safety, quality and compliance solutions for...

Injected Medication Errors a Major Problem

Study found significant amount occurred in ICUs THURSDAY, March 12 (HealthDay News) -- Mistakes involving injected medications are a major safety problem in intensive care units, a new study reveals. Researchers monitored errors in 1,328 patients in 113 ICUs in 27 countries over a 2...

Study Finds Failure to Include Nurses in Process of Admitting Errors to Patients, Families

Need for team approach to disclosing medical mistakes shown OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Even though nurses routinely disclose nursing errors to their patients, a new study published in the January 2009 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient...

Self-Dosing Pain Medication Errors Too Common: Study

Review urges tighter controls for intravenous use, standardization of practices FRIDAY, Dec. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Allowing patients to control their own pain medication intravenously is four times more likely to cause the patient harm than other medications, a new study says. The...

New Report Recommends Strategies to Reduce Medical Resident Fatigue-Related Errors and Improve Training

ROCKVILLE, Md., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fatigued medical residents need protected sleep periods and increased supervision of work hour limits to improve patient safety and the training environment, according to a new Institute of Medicine report funded by HHS' Agency for Health...

Hospital Fixes Cut Opiate Errors in Kids

Simple adjustments also save money, since side effects can affect length of stay, study says MONDAY, Oct. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Simple changes to hospital procedures can significantly reduce the side effects children suffer while on opiates to relieve pain, a new study reveals. Th...

Fatalities From Medication Errors at Home Up Dramatically - DecisionHealth Offers Solutions

Over the past two decades, medication errors have dramatically increased. DecisionHealth, a leading news and information source, offers U.S. hospitals solutions to potentially harmful medication errors. Gaithersburg, MD (PRWEB) August 15, 2008 -- Medication errors caus...

Study finds a wide variety of errors in testing process at family medicine clinics

The largest study to date of testing errors reported by family physician offices in the United States found that problems occur throughout the testing process and disproportionately affect minority patients. In the June 2008 issue of Quality & Safety in Health Care, the researchers report th...

Surgical Errors Cost Almost $1.5B a Year

Insurers paid thousands more per patient for avoidable mistakes, U.S. study finds MONDAY, July 28 (HealthDay News) -- Preventing medical errors that occur during or after surgery could save lives and almost $1.5 billion a year, according to U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Qua...

New AHRQ Study Finds Surgical Errors Cost Nearly $1.5 Billion Annually

ROCKVILLE, Md., July 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Potentially preventable medical errors that occur during or after surgery may cost employers nearly $1.5 billion a year, according to new estimates by HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. In a study published in the July 28 issue...

Flaws in the barcoded technology used to reduce medication administration errors identified

PHILADELPHIA In the first study of its kind, researchers led by The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine's Ross Koppel, Ph.D. studied how hospital nurses actually use bar-coded technology that matches the right patient with the right dose of the right medication. The surprising result is...

Darwin Announces Creation of New Health Care and Errors and Omissions Divisions

FARMINGTON, Conn., May 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Darwin (NYSE: DR ) is excited to announce the creation of two new product-centric underwriting divisions, the health care division and the errors and omissions (E&O) division. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060829/NETU014LOG...

Will you be misdiagnosed? -- how diagnostic errors happen

New York, April 28, 2008 How frequently do doctors misdiagnose patients? While research has demonstrated that the great majority of medical diagnoses are correct, the answer is probably higher than patients expect and certainly higher than doctors realize. In a Supplement to the May issue of The ...

Competing San Francisco Bay Area Hospitals Demonstrate That Collaborative Efforts Contribute to Reduced Hospital Errors and Saved Lives

Beacon Collaborative Hospitals Reduce Two Types of Infections That Would Have Resulted in 194 Deaths Over 21 Month Period Receives $6.0 Million From Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to Continue Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Efforts WALNUT CREEK, Calif., April...

Actress Continues Fight Against Hospital Errors & Rise in MRSA Cases

SHERMAN OAKS, Calif., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Actress Alicia Cole, a Screen Actors Guild member for 14 years, is known for the many portrayals of doctors and nurses, including roles on General Hospital, Young and the Restless, and more. But a year ago, Cole switched from playing a doctor to b...

Guidelines Seek to Reduce Medication Errors Involving Kids

A key recommendation is measuring a child's weight in kilograms FRIDAY, April 11 (HealthDay News) -- The group that accredits most U.S. hospitals issued guidelines Friday to help prevent medication errors in hospitalized children. Among the recommendations: Children should be weighe...

Medical Errors Costing U.S. Billions

Mistakes resulted in 238,337 preventable deaths from 2006-08, survey finds TUESDAY, April 8 (HealthDay News) -- From 2004 through 2006, patient safety errors resulted in 238,337 potentially preventable deaths of U.S. Medicare patients and cost the Medicare program $8.8 billion, accordi...

Medical errors cost US $8.8B, result in 238,337 potentially preventable deaths: HealthGrades study

GOLDEN, Colo. (April 8, 2008) Patient safety incidents cost the federal Medicare program $8.8 billion and resulted in 238,337 potentially preventable deaths during 2004 through 2006, according to HealthGrades' fifth annual Patient Safety in American Hospitals Study. HealthGrades' analysis of 41 m...

New strategy helps reduce errors in obstetrical care

Researchers at Yale School of Medicine have implemented patient safety enhancements to dramatically reduce errors and improve the staffs own perception of the safety climate in obstetrical care. Edmund F. Funai, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproducti...

Unintended Errors Leave Many Newborns Vulnerable

Study finds they're all too frequent, but preventable, and urges better pediatric controls FRIDAY, Feb. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Iatrogenic events (IEs) -- unintended harm or suffering caused by health care -- occur frequently in newborn babies in hospitals, according to new French resear...

U.S. Pharmacopeia 8th Annual MEDMARX(R) Report Indicates Look-Alike/Sound-Alike Drugs Lead to Thousands of Medication Errors Nationwide

Each of the top 10 most prescribed drugs in America commonly confused with at least one other drug ROCKVILLE, Md., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The 8th annual national MEDMARX(R) Data Report released today by the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) revealed that more than 1,400 commonly u...

InfoLogix Featured in FOX Business News Interview on Reducing Healthcare Medication Errors - Video Available Online

HATBORO, Pa., Jan. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- InfoLogix, Inc. (Nasdaq: IFLG), a leading technology provider of enterprise mobility solutions for the healthcare and commercial industries, is featured in a new FOX Business News interview about how the company's mobile technology is helping to s...

Eye Surgery Errors Rare But Serious

Incidents included the wrong eye being operated on, or the wrong transplant, study found TUESDAY, Nov. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Errors are rare but troublesome in eye surgery, say U.S. researchers who analyzed 106 cases of surgical confusions that included operating on the wrong patient,...

US adults most likely to report medical errors and skip needed care due to costs

Washington, DC, October 31, 2007At a time when the U.S. spends more than double what other countries spend for medical care$6,697 per capita in 2005a new Commonwealth Fund seven-nation survey finds that U.S. patients are more likely to report experiencing medical errors, to go without care because...

When Kids Are Hospitalized, Parents Fret About Errors

Expert describes families as untapped resource in prevention efforts,,,, FRIDAY, Aug. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Many parents worry that their child may be the victim of medical errors while in the hospital, a new study has found. In a survey of 278 parents of children hospitalized in 20...

Fumbled handoffs can lead to medical errors

INDIANAPOLIS Poor communication of the outcomes of medical tests whose results are pending at the time of a patient's hospital discharge is common and can lead to serious medical errors in post-hospitalization medical treatment. A new study by researchers from the Regenstrief Institute and th...

Mayo study finds that team preop briefing improves communication, reduces errors

ROCHESTER, Minn. - A short, preoperative team briefing prior to cardiac surgery - where each person on the team speaks - improves communication and reduces errors and costs, according to a pilot study conducted at Mayo Clinic. Mayo researchers believe this is the first such study to use real-...

Mayo Study Finds That Team Preop Briefing Improves Communication, Reduces Errors

ROCHESTER, Minn., May 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A short, preoperative team briefing prior to cardiac surgery - where each person on the team speaks - improves communication and reduces errors and costs, according to a pilot study conducted at Mayo Clinic. Mayo researchers believe...

U.S. Health Care System Fails to Protect Patients From Deadly Medical Errors

Consumers Union Assesses Lack of Progress Ten Years After Institute of Medicine Found Up To 98,000 Die From Preventable Errors AUSTIN, Texas, May 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ten years ago, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) sounded the alarm about the widespread toll of medical errors in a gro...

MedSolutions Joins Call for Increased Attention on Diagnostic Errors

JAMA commentary highlights startling lack of focus on costly problem NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- MedSolutions ( www.medsolutions.com ), a provider of medical cost management services that help health plans control diagnostic imaging costs while improving quality of care, today...

Heart Hugger by General Cardiac Technology, Eases Pain of Medicare's Decision to No Longer Cover Hospital Errors

LOS GATOS, Calif., March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Mediastinitis is just one of the Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI) that Medicare will no longer cover starting in financial year 2009. Heart Hugger - Sternum Support Harness can help prevent this and other complications after Cardiothoracic Surgery. He...

Joint Commission Alert: Prevent Technology-Related Health Care Errors

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Technology is often touted as the "cure" for health care, but a new Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert issued today warns that implementation of technology and related devices is not a guarantee for success, and may actually jeopardiz...

ApothecaryRx Provides Exit Strategy for Boomer Pharmacy Businesses; Sustains Service and Communication Structure of Community Pharmacies to Improve Drug Compliance, Reduce Drug Errors

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn., April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Independent community pharmacy owners looking to pursue the pleasures of retirement have a new option for exiting their businesses. ApothecaryRx offers successful independent retail pharmacy owners a smooth and financially viable transition into r...

Joint Commission Alert: Prevent Pediatric Medication Errors

Children Are Three Times More at Risk than Adults OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill., April 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Medications specifically made for adults and administered to children in health care facilities are putting young patients at greater risk for drug errors, according to a Joint Com...

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Announces Initiative to Protect Members' Health Aimed at Preventing Serious Medical Errors

NEW YORK, April 2, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield (Empire) announced today that collaborative efforts are currently underway with its hospital network that are aimed at helping to eliminate preventable adverse events as defined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Servi...

Schizophrenia Tied to Multiple Genetic Errors

Finding could lead to specific treatments for individual patients, study says THURSDAY, March 27 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have found that deletions and duplications in DNA are more common in people with schizophrenia, and these errors are in genes related to brain development and...

Depression in Young Doctors Tied to Medication Errors

Findings show trainees 6 times more likely to make mistakes FRIDAY, Feb. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Medical residents who are depressed are about six times more likely to make medication errors than those who aren't depressed, says a study that looked a 123 pediatric residents at three chi...
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