Top News: #PatientSafety

Here are the top read news for #patientsafety:


ptsafetyWhy so many patients end up back in the ER:

No one wants to make a repeat visit to the emergency room for the same complaint, but new research suggests it’s more common than previously thought and surprisingly, people frequently wind up at a different ER the second time around. Read more


antisepticsAre Healthcare Antiseptics Toxic to Staff and Patients?:

The FDA is seeking additional data from manufacturers on the safety and effectiveness of the active ingredients in these products, including absorption data, potential hormonal effects, and possible bacterial resistance. Their purpose is to establish the long-term safety of daily, repeated exposure to the active ingredients of these antiseptic products. Read more


medicationsHospitals can reduce deaths by reducing medication:

At their best, hospitals are places where doctors bring babies safely into the world and bring gravely ill people back from the brink of death. But at their worst, they are dangerous places where patients are vulnerable to hospital-acquired infections and a host of harmful medical errors. Read more


Patients themselves could help FDA flag drug safety problems:

The Food and Drug Administration has long had gaps in data about how people are reacting to medicines that have hit the market. The agency must rely on doctors, patients and drug manufacturers to report troubling side effects, or “adverse events.” But it is, at best, an imperfect system. Read more


How does human behavior lead to surgical errors? Mayo Clinic researchers count the waysHow does human behavior lead to surgical errors? Researchers count the ways:

Why are major surgical errors called “never events?” Because they shouldn’t happen—but do. Mayo Clinic researchers identified 69 never events among 1.5 million invasive procedures performed over five years and detailed why each occurred. Using a system created to investigate military plane crashes, they coded the human behaviors involved to identify any environmental, organizational, job and individual characteristics that led to the never events. Their discovery: 628 human factors contributed to the errors overall, roughly four to nine per event. The study results are published in the journal SurgeryRead more