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Beginning next year, participating children’s surgical centers will be assigned one of three levels of care based on the system used for designating trauma centers, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal. Millions of children undergo surgery in the United States each year, but nearly half of pediatric surgeries are performed in […]

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Fifteen years ago an Institute of Medicine Report drew attention to the epidemic of hospital-related harm when it reported that as many as 98,000 patients per year died from preventable medical errors. Last year a new analysis published in the Journal of Patient Safety updated that figure to 440,000 – and prompted a new wave […]

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President Barack Obama has signed into law The Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014, which is designed to provide more timely access to health care for American military veterans who’ve faced long wait times and substandard care at VA hospitals. The Act also gives the VA secretary greater authority […]

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Johnson & Johnson, the largest maker of a tool used to perform hysterectomies and remove uterine growths, is urging surgeons not to use the device over concerns that it could spread cancer in women. J&J’s Ethicon division makes the devices, which are known as laparoscopic power morcellators. Sales of new morcellators were halted in April […]

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A new study published in the British Journal of Urology International (BJUI) shows that a shift in recent years from inpatient to outpatient surgery for common urologic procedures coincides with an increase in patient deaths among certain populations following potentially preventable complications. The BJUI study, which was published on Aug. 19, looked at approximately 7,725,736 […]

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Lawmakers have approved a plan to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs amidst a scandal involving long patient wait times with mounting evidence that that they were systematically covered up by VA employees. The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees and the bill’s co-sponsors –Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders […]

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Consumer advocates and medical specialists testifying before the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging on July 17 delivered a somber assessment of patient safety. One physician contended that patients are not significantly safer today than they were 15 years ago, when a landmark medical errors study prompted calls for reform. “In certain areas, things […]

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Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) recently released an updated report on medical errors at U.S. hospitals and strategies California hospitals are using to help prevent patient harm. The report states that medical errors cause the deaths of between 210,000 and 440,000 Americans per year—a number that Boxer describes as being equivalent to a jumbo jet crashing […]

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Between June 2004 and August 2013 Pennsylvania healthcare facilities reported 1,601 events involving healthcare worker fatigue to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority (PPSA), an independent state agency charged with reducing medical errors, according to a Patient Safety Authority news release. Of the 1,601 events, 37 Serious Events resulted in patient harm, including four patient deaths. […]

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Two new programs launched at the University of Virginia (UVA) Medical Center are attempting to improve patient safety by using a team-based approach to identify problems and work out solutions. If early results are any indication, UVA is making strides: its Medical Center is ahead of the national average in many patient safety measures, according […]