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2013-12-04 11:03:49

Implementation of a multifaceted program to improve patient handoffs (change in staff caring for a patient) among physicians-in-training residents at a children's hospital was associated with a reduction in medical errors and preventable adverse events, according to a study appearing in the December 4 issue of JAMA, a medical education theme issue. Handoff miscommunications are a leading cause of medical errors. "The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Accreditation...

2013-11-26 23:30:41

Dr. Gary McClain has published a new article, “Dangers of Self-Diagnosis. Let Your Doctors Do Their Job” on his website, JustGotDiagnosed.com. New York, NY (PRWEB) November 26, 2013 Dr. Gary McClain has published a new article, “Dangers of Self-Diagnosis. Let Your Doctors Do Their Job” on his website, JustGotDiagnosed.com. A specialist in the emotional impact of chronic and catastrophic illnesses, Gary McClain, PhD, developed JustGotDiagnosed.com to address a serious need he saw...

2013-11-25 23:30:05

The newest research released from the Journal of Patient Safety estimates as many as 440,000 Americans die annually as the result of preventable medical errors. LifeWings, a patient safety consulting firm, is committed to changing these statistics one hospital at a time. Collierville, Tennessee (PRWEB) November 25, 2013 The latest round of scores that measure rates of errors and infections, indicators of safe practices, shows an increase in the number of hospitals that earned the lowest...

2013-11-25 23:29:14

Effective peer review programs identify strengths and weaknesses in existing hospital frameworks and make visible changes needed to ensure that practitioners are providing the highest standard of care. Portland, OR (PRWEB) November 25, 2013 Effective peer review programs identify strengths and weaknesses in existing hospital frameworks and make visible changes needed to ensure that practitioners are providing the highest standard of care. During a recent webinar hosted by AllMed...

2013-11-20 23:21:36

Community health information network provides medication fill data through nation’s largest clinical network. Houston, Texas (PRWEB) November 20, 2013 Healthconnect announced today that it is among the nation’s first community based HIEs to select Surescripts services to make prescription and medication fill data available to area hospitals through its cloud-based portal. This agreement will help area providers to reduce adverse drug events (ADEs) resulting from incomplete and...

2013-11-11 23:24:54

Mistakes during surgical procedures are the most common medical error in 2013, and LifeWings, a team of international patient safety experts, offers three proven solutions to prevent these traumatic patient-harming events. http://www.SaferPatients.com (PRWEB) November 11, 2013 The nation’s largest inspector of hospital safety and quality, The Joint Commission, reports that sixty serious surgical mistakes were reported in the first half of 2013. Surgical mistakes included performing...

2013-11-06 13:48:14

Real dangers for high-risk patients when trainees take on new roles With almost no experience, newly graduated medical students enter teaching hospitals around the country every July, beginning their careers as interns. At the same time, the last year's interns and junior residents take a step up and assume new responsibilities. In addition to developing their nascent clinical skills, each entering class of interns must grasp the many rules and standards for operating in this "new"...

2013-10-31 11:23:42

Ethical, care-improvement rationales cited Physicians' disclosure of errors has been studied more in the past decade than ever before, spurring rationales and guidelines for acknowledging one's own mistakes with patients. Relatively little, though, has spoken to how physicians should broach mistakes made by colleagues. "What do I do when it's somebody else's error and I have to decide whether to say anything to the patient?" It's the question Thomas Gallagher has fielded most often...


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