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Parkland errors inspire state-wide patient safety law

Urged by care failures at Parkland Memorial Hospital, Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed a patient safety measure into law, The Dallas Morning News reported.

California fines 10 hospitals a total of $625K for patient safety risks

California issues penalties against 10 hospitals with fines totaling $625,000 for not complying with requirements that prevent patient safety risks, according to the California Department of Public Health.

Transform patient safety in the ED into 'safety framework'

A recent study in the  American Journal of Medical Quality  examines the need to measure patient safety in the emergency department and suggests four measurement areas.

Drop-down menus may be to blame for e-prescribing errors

Fewer drop down menus in e-prescribing systems could reduce common errors, according to a new study.

New online tool tracks doc prescribing habits

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has been lax in overseeing unsafe prescribing patterns for patients on Medicaid Part D, and has done little to thwart questionable prescribing practices, according to an analysis by ProPublica, an independent newsroom that performs investigative journalism in the public interest.

Safety experts: Hospitals lacking in doc substance abuse policies

All hospitals should randomly test physicians for drug and alcohol use to enhance patient safety, according to a recommendation from two Johns Hopkins physicians and patient safety experts in a commentary published online in The Journal of the American Medical Association.

Poor communication stymies safety, financial goals

Hospital C-suite executives and risk managers identified communication problems including nurses fearing retribution for raising patient safety issues, and patients being handed off multiple times to different hospital staffers and department.

Robo-surgery mistakes land physician in hot water

A surgeon at Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver faces 14 counts of unprofessional conduct associated with use of the hospital's robotic surgery arm.

Joint Commission outlines dangers of alarm fatigue

The Joint Commission this week issued a warning that healthcare workers can become numb to the incessant beeping of medical devices, creating life-threatening situations for patients. The hospital accreditation body based the warning on events reported to its Sentinel Event database, which tracks serious safety-related events, though it has been sounding the alarm on this issue for years.

Hospital workplace safety means better patient care

Quality care and healthcare worker safety are inseparable because conditions that physically or emotionally harm caregivers also put patients at higher risk of injury, according to a March whitepaper from the National Patient Safety Foundation.