Strategies to Avoid Injuries and Deaths from Hospital-Acquired Infections

In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that roughly 1.7 million hospital-acquired infections, from all types of microorganisms, including bacteria, combined, cause or contribute to 99,000 deaths each year. In an article in Becker’s Hospital Review, Dr. William Yarbrough of the Dallas VA Medical Center recommends five strategies to reduce… Learn More »

Electronic Prescriptions As Likely to Contain Errors as Handwritten Ones

According to a paper recently published in the Journal of American Medical Information Association, by Dr. Karen Nanji of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, more than 10% of electronic prescriptions contain an error, which means that prescriptions sent electronically are just as likely to contain mistakes as handwritten ones. The researchers analyzed 3,850 computer-generated prescriptions… Learn More »

Infant’s Death From Drug Overdose Highlights Risks of Increasing Reliance on Electronic Health Records

Genesis Burkett, a premature baby born 16 weeks early, recently died from a massive overdose of sodium chloride. The cause of the medical error was traced to a pharmacy technician using an electronic health records system who typed the wrong information into a field on the screen causing an automated machine at the infant's hospital… Learn More »

Poor Dosing Directions and Devices on OTC Medicines Puts Kids at Risk

As reported on MedPage Today, a recent study has found that out of the 200 top-selling pediatric over-the-counter medications — including analgesic, cough/cold, allergy, and gastrointestinal liquid medications for children under 12 — more than twenty five percent (25%) didn't include a spoon or other dosing device. And among those that enclosed a dosing device,… Learn More »