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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 …

Federal Report Says Patient Safety at Hospitals Improving

The government says hospitals are becoming safer for patients due to a quality improvement partnership between industry and federal agencies. A report out Wednesday from Health and Human Services finds that adverse events such as medication mistakes, falls and infections …

Intuitive Robot-Surgery Incidents Add to Call for More Training

A rising number of reports about deaths, injuries and malfunctions linked to the robotic surgery system made by Intuitive Surgical Inc. may pressure hospitals to bolster training for doctors using the $1.5 million device. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration …

All Hospitals Should Require Drug, Alcohol Tests for Physicians

To improve patient safety, hospitals should randomly test physicians for drug and alcohol use in much the same way other major industries in the United States do to protect their customers. The recommendation comes from two Johns Hopkins physicians and …

Texas’ Oversight of Compounded Drugs Falling Off

Budget cuts have reduced the number of pharmacies in Texas whose compounded drugs are tested in a state program that’s aimed at ensuring patient safety, a newspaper reported Sunday. The Austin American-Statesman said the Texas State Board of Pharmacy warned …

Consumer Reports Taps Ire Over Faulty Medical Devices

Consumer Reports, the 76-year-old publication best known for its reviews of automobiles and refrigerators, is trying to galvanize the American public into protesting the way medical devices are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The past couple of …