Top News: #PatientSafety


Here are the top news for #patientsafety:

Medical scopeSerious infections tied to medical scopes go far beyond issues with a single device:

A doctor reported in December that a medical scope commonly used to examine patients’ lungs had infected 14 people with a superbug that kills half its victims. Yet another type of scope, used to see inside the bladder, sickened three patients with a different bacteria in March, according to a nurse. The device was sent to the manufacturer, which found “foreign substances” inside despite cleaning. Read more


Enid Shapiro was a patient at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center who had an unpleasant experience at the hospital, but worked with staff to report it and ultimately change how they handle similar cases. Boston hospital aims to redefine care and prevent emotional harm:

One day last year, Enid Shapiro sat in her room at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as the patient in the next bed underwent an unpleasant procedure, cries of distress and confusion ringing out as she was poked and prodded. Shapiro, across the room, tried not to look. Staff flitted around Shapiro to throw away needles, oblivious to her discomfort. Read more


How your hospital can make you sick:

In the ongoing war of humans vs. disease-causing bacteria, the bugs are gaining the upper hand. Deadly and unrelenting, they’re becoming more and more difficult to kill. You might think of hospitals as sterile safety zones in that battle. But in truth, they are ground zero for the invasion. Read more


Blood Clot Prevention Is Higher Priority at Hospitals:

Many patients don’t receive anticlotting drugs; nurses don’t always give them. Read more

Hospital-acquired infections kill tens of thousands of Americans every year:

You go to the hospital to get better. But too often, the opposite happens. Recent estimates show that every year 648,000 people develop infections while in the hospital. Nasty ones, too, that may not be treatable with antibiotics and that prove fatal for 75,000 hospital patients. Read more