Hospital & Nurse Negligence

Electronic Health Records Fail to Prevent One in Three Medication Errors

The expanded use of electronic health records systems in US hospitals has meant ease and convenience, but has not led to as significant a reduction in error rate as hoped. A new study says that these systems could fail to detect as many as one in three of medication errors. According to the results of […]

Drop in Pediatric Medical Malpractice Claims

A new study by the American Academy of Pediatrics finds that there has been a drop in the number of medical malpractice claims related to the practice of pediatrics across the country. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released the results of a Periodic Survey. This survey was a random national survey of members of […]

Safety Concerns Amid Surge in Bicycling During Coronavirus Outbreak

The coronavirus pandemic and the accompanying requests to stay out of mass public transit has meant increased bicycling activity in many parts of the country. In some of these areas, the surge in bicycling has meant an increased incidence of bicyclist accidents and injuries. Cities across the world are clamoring to add bicycle lanes to […]

Lying to Your Doctor? Here’s Why That Could be a Patient Safety Risk

Lying could set more than your pants on fire – if it involves your doctor, it could result in serious medical complications. Being an informed patent is key to being a safe patient. Part of being an informed patient is to make sure that your doctor has access to all your medical records as well […]

Alarms Are One of Top 10 Tech Hazards in Health Care

Across American hospital rooms, thousands of alarms beep every minute, some for as long as ten minutes at a time until they are responded to, or shut off. The cacophony and fatigue arising from these alarms has proved to be a hazard that seriously impacts patient safety. The ECRI Institute estimates that alarm fatigue is […]

Study Finds Botox Helps Reduce Spasticity in Cerebral Palsy Patients

Persons, who suffer from cerebral palsy, may suffer from spasticity, especially in the upper limbs. This spasticity causes floppy muscle movements that hinder physical activity.  A new study finds that Botox can actually help improve spasticity in these patients. Muscle stiffness is a major concern for children with cerebral palsy. It can cause children with […]

Incoming Phone Calls Linked to Nursing Errors

Hectic schedules and too many patients to care for – these are just some of the factors involved in nursing errors that are serious enough to cause harm to patients. Another lesser known factor is distractions caused by cell phones. According to a recently published study, incoming phone calls are associated with a higher risk […]

Hospital Mergers on the Rise, But Patient Care Isn’t Improving

The number of hospital consolidations has increased, but this trend of hospitals merging with others hasn’t necessary translated into better standards of patient care or safety. According to a new study published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine, hospital mergers which are often promoted as a way for hospitals to cut costs and […]

Promising Experiments in Automated Nursing Home Care

One of the factors that really expose nursing home residents to the risk of neglect is under-staffing.  New technology that makes use of automated systems to give nursing home staff members robotic assistance to share their duties, could be a big step forward in helping keep residents safe and cared for. Two pilot programs currently […]

Study: Patients Prefer Surgery Checklist to be Completed in Front of Them

Most patients prefer that their pre-surgery checklists be performed and completed in front of them. A new study finds that more and more patients prefer to be well-informed and in some control of the decisions that impact their safety in hospitals. Surgical errors, in most cases, are avoidable. These errors can range from wrong site […]