Top News: #PatientSafety

Here are the top read news for #patientsafety:


mederrorsHospitals Mess Up Medications in Surgery—a Lot:

About half of all surgeries involve some kind of medication error or unintended drug side effects, if a new study done at one of America’s most prestigious academic medical centers is any indication.

Thoughtful senior patient sitting on hospital bed.The Patient Wish List:

Since undergoing a double-lung transplant at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in December 2011, Podge Reed, Jr., has had four medical admissions, two surgical admissions, eight outpatient procedures requiring anesthesia, more than 100 outpatient appointments and 700 labs and other tests. He’s amassed enough experiences with the health care system to write a book. So far, though, he’s mostly kept it to two letters, totaling 12 pages, to our patient relations office, detailing opportunities for improvement. Read more


Johns Hopkins experts: Preventable food, sleep deprivation all too common in hospitals:

In a commentary published ahead of print Sept. 8 in BMJ Quality & Safety, a team from The Johns Hopkins Hospital calls on hospitals to reform potentially dangerous medical protocols involving food and sleep deprivation that can exacerbate illnesses in seriously ill patients. Read more


diagnosticerror‘Countless’ Patients Harmed By Wrong or Delayed Diagnoses:

Most people experience at least one diagnostic error during their life, according to a new report investigating wrong or delayed diagnoses. Read more

FDA Warns Infections a Risk With Heater-Cooler Devices:

The use of heater-cooler devices has been associated with nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM) infections, primarily in patients undergoing cardiothoracic surgeries, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned today.