Monday, March 22, 2010

In the News... More Errors

Reports on medical errors were all over the news last week. Read on for efforts to reduce medication errors with electronic prescriptions, how hospital culture affects errors, Sorrel King's latest speaking engagement and more...

V.A. Is Fined Over Errors in Radiation at Hospital
New York Times, Walt Bogdanich, 03/18/2010
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Wednesday announced its second-largest fine ever against a medical institution — $227,500 — after finding that the veterans hospital in Philadelphia had caused an “unprecedented number” of radiation errors in treating prostate cancer patients.

Mother to Tell of Daughter's Death from Medical Error
Pittsburg-Post Gazette, Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller, 03/18/2010
Josie King had healed well enough from an accidental scalding that she was about to be released from Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

E-Prescriptions Cut Medication Errors: Study
Reuters, Staff Writer, 03/17/2010
Researchers found that among 12 New York State primary care practices, the six that had adopted "e-prescribing" systems reduced their prescribing errors by nearly seven-fold over one year.

New Focus on Averting Errors: Hospital Culture
Wall Street Journal, Laura Landro, 03/16/2010
Errors made by doctors, nurses and other medical caregivers cause 44,000 to 98,000 deaths a year. Hospital infections, many considered preventable, take another 100,000 lives.

California Health Agency Works with Hospitals to Reduce Errors
Los Angeles Times, Molly Hennessy-Fiske, 03/15/2010
Doctors at Parkview Community Hospital Medical Center in Riverside diagnosed Francisco Torres with a tumor on his kidney and he agreed to have it removed last July.

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