Over the course of two years, unintentional reuse of insulin pens may have exposed more than 700 patients at the Buffalo (N.Y.) Veterans Administration Medical Center to HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C.
The healthcare industry needs a better understanding of the risks and improved interoperability standards before it can truly grapple with the patient-safety issues posed from healthcare technology, according to a paper compiled from a summit on medical device interoperability conducted by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, prodded by Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) has finally addressed recommendations from an Institute of Medicine report, issued in November 2011. The IOM report cited an "urgent need" for a research agenda for safety issues related to electronic medical records technology and urged that such a plan be in place within 12 months.
The National Quality Forum (NQF) on Monday endorsed 12 patient safety-related measures on nurse staffing levels and preventing healthcare-associated infections, the nonprofit organization announced.
Hospitals may overlook patient safety threats linked to facility design and environment. Things like walls, floors and even decorations can all affect patients.
After a rash of criticism from poorly performing hospitals, Leapfrog Group's CEO released a statement regarding the nonprofit's hospital safety scores, telling providers not to shoot the messenger.
When it comes to delivering healthcare, how old is too old? Nationwide, about 42 percent of the 1 million physicians are older than 55 and 21 percent are older than 65.
As hospitals and healthcare systems take a greater role in promoting patient safety, they will see workers' compensation claims continue to decrease, with loss rates increasing at a 1 percent annual rate.
Collaboration among seven major hospitals successfully reduced surgical site infections after colorectal surgery by 32 percent over two and half years, according to The Joint Commission's Center for Transforming Healthcare.
In updated safety report cards, hospitals are seeing better scores for how well they keep patients safe from infections, injuries and errors, although the improvement is too slow, according to the Leapfrog Group.