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2011-11-18 03:46:07

Fatigue and poor sleep quality, which affect many emergency medical services (EMS) workers, are linked to higher reported rates of injuries, medical errors and safety-compromising behaviors, according to a study by University of Pittsburgh researchers that is now available online in Prehospital Emergency Care and appearing in the January-March 2012 print edition. "Emergency medical technicians and paramedics work long hours in a demanding occupation with an unpredictable workload, which...

2011-11-17 19:05:00

Automated Security Alertâs MedPro Assists Patients in Getting Accurate Dosage Pittsburgh. PA (PRWEB) November 17, 2011 Mistakes made in prescription medication errors are a devastating - and at times deadly - reality. Every year, 1.3 million people suffer some form of injury from medication errors according to the Food and Drug Administration. (ii) Although it can be very easy to make a mistake in taking or administering medication, new technology is now making it easier to...

2011-11-16 09:00:00

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Nov. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The James Madison Institute today released a study in partnership with Patients for Fair Compensation. Titled "Alternative Solutions to Florida's Medical Malpractice System" the report details the negative impact on patient care due to the practice of defensive medicine. Citing case law and recent quantitative studies, the JMI report reveals a Florida tort system that is deeply flawed, one wherein only a handful of injured patients receive...

2011-11-14 06:36:47

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- As many as one million Americans may have died from adverse events in U.S. hospitals over the past decade, the IOM (Institute of Medicine) estimates. Electronic Health Records may hold the key to patient-safety, according to an article published online November 9 in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). "Simply providing better-quality EHR-derived safety data to physicians and hospitals can have a profound effect on patient-safety activities throughout the...

2011-11-08 08:01:00

Dangers from clinical alarms, radiation exposure, and medication errors from infusion devices top this year's list, now available for free download PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., Nov. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Health technology offers countless benefits, but there are also risks. What are the most serious device-related risks, and how can hospitals address them? ECRI Institute, an independent nonprofit that researches the best approaches to improving patient care, answers which risks...

2011-11-04 11:30:00

Every year in the United States, 1,300,000 people suffer harm due to medication error, such as errors in dosage, missing medications, or mixing-up medications(ii), all of which can be avoided with careful medication management. Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) November 04, 2011 Accurate medication management can be life-saving, but mistakes in medication management can cause major problems. Tragically, more than 125,000 of these medication errors result in death.(iii) Twenty-three percent of...

2011-10-03 12:00:00

Patrick A. Salvi of Chicagoâs Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. says going public with physicianâs backgrounds and malpractice histories will help to protect Illinois patients. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) October 03, 2011 A new online database listing the disciplinary, criminal and malpractice histories of all Illinois doctors and chiropractors will go live later this fall â“ and it will give patients an added layer of protection against negligent...

2011-09-20 11:41:00

ROCKVILLE, Md., Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) today launched an initiative with the Ad Council to encourage clinicians and patients to engage in effective two-way communication to ensure safer care and better health outcomes. For nearly a decade, AHRQ has encouraged patients to be more involved in their health care, and this new initiative builds on previous public...

2011-09-19 08:30:00

Nurses and Patient Safety Advocates Will Testify in Support of the Measures that Will Save Thousands of Lives and Millions of Valuable Health Care Dollars BOSTON, Sept. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by the Massachusetts Nurses Association: (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20060525/NETH016LOGO) What: The legislature's Joint Committee on Public Health will hold a public hearing on two pieces of legislation that would improve the quality of...

2011-09-09 11:32:07

The new limits on hours that physicians-in-training can work will prove costly for U.S teaching hospitals, which will need to spend up to $1.3 billion a year, and possibly more, to effect the changes, a new UCLA study suggests. On July 1, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the national body charged with overseeing the training of junior doctors as they complete their specialty training, put into effect strict duty-hour limits on interns and medical residents...