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Rutgers Promotes Safe Patient Handling Practices to Reduce Health Care Worker Injuries

Nurses, nurse aids, orderlies, emergency medical technicians and physical and occupational therapists have some of the highest numbers of nonfatal occupational injuries. Chronic back pain and musculoskeletal injuries resulting from unsafe patient handling contribute to days missed from work and …

5 Convicted, 1 Acquitted in Nationwide Meningitis Outbreak Case

Four former employees and an owner of the Massachusetts facility responsible for a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak that has killed more than 100 people and sickened hundreds were convicted Thursday of fraud and other offenses. A Boston jury acquitted another …

Study: Admitting Mistakes Key to Curbing Medical Errors

Medical errors are a leading cause of death in the United States, with some research suggesting that errors can cause as many 250,000 fatalities each year. The medical community has made strides to normalize and encourage error disclosure for physicians …

Wyoming Agency Says Patients Have Right to Know About Unsterile Surgical Tools

A hospital in Lander, Wyo., should inform patients who had surgery between December 2013 and October 2016 that they could have been exposed to non-sterile surgical instruments, the state health department said. Officials with the Wyoming Department of Health say …

Minnesota Hospitals Reveal Slight Increase in Hospital Errors

Minnesota hospitals and surgical centers have reported that nearly 340 medical errors risked patient safety last year but medical mistakes resulting in patient deaths declined. The state Department of Health’s annual adverse health events report found four deaths caused by …

Hospital Feedback After Staff Report Errors Offer Patient Safety Benefits

Voluntary reporting by hospital staff of errors and patient safety events are a key source of information for improving patient care. A St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital analysis suggests that to increase reporting, hospitals should focus on informing staff about …

Feds Report Gains in Patient Safety

Fewer patients are dying from conditions acquired while staying in the nation’s hospitals, according to a new federal report. Statistics from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) show that an estimated 87,000 fewer patients died in hospitals and …

Feds Report 17% Drop in Hospital Patient Harm

A federal review of hospital medical records and other data has found a 17 percent decline in infections, drug mistakes, bed sores and other preventable errors from 2010 to 2013, according to a report released Tuesday. Using methods developed by …

Better Communication Can Reduce Injuries During Patient Hand-Offs

Improvements in verbal and written communication between healthcare providers during patient hand-offs can reduce injuries due to medical errors. Reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) and the Uniformed Services …

Simulation Certification Could Help Patient Safety, Reduce Medical Errors

Simulation techniques that target medical errors and seek to provide continued improvement in the quality and safety of patient care are rapidly becoming the new “go to” methods for professional healthcare education. Ranging from simulated human patients to detailed animations …