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Scope-linked superbug outbreak: Report blames feds, manufacturers, hospitals

The outbreak of deadly bacterial infections linked to contaminated medical scopes was worse than initially reported and due to numerous oversights and reporting failures by scope manufacturers, regulators and hospitals, according to a new U.S. Senate report.

Hospitals take action to address alarm fatigue

Hospitals have been developing new safety procedures to address "alarm fatigue" in time for the Joint Commission's January 2016 deadline to do so.

Critics continue pounding 21st Century Cures Act for threatening patient safety

Opponents of the 21st Century Cures Act, which is intended to accelerate the transfer of scientific advances in genetics into treatment for patients, say the legislation will threaten patient safety by easing FDA rules intended to protect patients from unproven therapies, according to  Medical Economics. 

Automated medication system reduces errors

An automated hospital system that tracked medication administration reduced medication errors by more than half, according to a study published in the European Journal of Hospital Pharmacy.

Debate heats up over the recording of healthcare procedures

A contentious debate is unfolding within the healthcare industry over whether hospitals should allow patients to record their surgical procedures,  StatNews  reports.

Hospital violence: Providers respond as incidents spike [Special Report]

In this special report, FierceHealthcare examines the reasons behind the uptick in violence and the steps healthcare organizations must take to address and prevent it.

Future physicians need telemedicine education, training

The rise of telemedicine will require that medical education cover new skills to teach future physicians's how to use it effectively and ensure proper quality of care, according to a viewpoint published in the  Journal of the American Medical Association.

Hospital error rates may hide mistakes

Hospital medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the United States, but an environment of secrecy often keeps the public from learning the details, according to an article published by the  Orange County Register.

The next phase of patient safety improvement: Tackling misdiagnosis

The healthcare industry must adopt a systemwide approach to tackling medical misdiagnosis, a growing concern due to recent research that estimates 12 million people in the U.S. will experience a diagnostic error each year, argues an opinion piece published in the  New England Journal of Medicine.

Worsening drug theft by healthcare workers puts patients at risk

Healthcare providers are under increased pressure to take serious action against employee drug theft, according to the Deseret News, especially after the revelation that it may have led to nearly 5,000 patients in a Utah hospital being exposed to hepatitis C.