Medication Errors

Elderly at Higher Risk of Abuse, Neglect at For-Profit Nursing Homes

Seniors may be at a much higher risk of abuse and neglect when they live in for-profit nursing homes, compared to non-profit facilities. New research published in the Gerontology journal recently indicates that residents of for-profit nursing home receive substandard care compared to residents of non-profit nursing facilities. According to the researchers, their study focused on more than 1,100 […]

More Than Half of All American Doctors Suffer Burnout Symptoms

Workplace fatigue and burnout is a problem affecting American doctors, and according to a new study, as many as half of all doctors in the country are experiencing symptoms of fatigue that actually increase their risk of medical errors. The poll was conducted by researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine and focused on nearly […]

Report: Many Nursing Homes Often Understaffed

A new report shows that most nursing homes often operate under lower staffing levels than they have reported to the government, placing residents at risk of abuse and neglect. The report was released by Kaiser Health News and was based on Medicare data. The agency only recently began collecting such staffing data on more than […]

Survey: Majority of Nurses Overworked, Prone to Errors

An overwhelming majority of nurses report having to care for too many patients, and not having enough time to perform their duties efficiently and safely. The annual survey of nurses in Massachusetts found that the biggest and most significant challenge for registered nurses in providing quality patient care was caring for too many patients during a […]

Daily Cross Checks Can Reduce ER Medical Errors

When emergency room doctors have a system that allows them to cross-check their performances, it can lead to a reduction in medical errors, although not all types of errors. Those results came from a randomized trial that was conducted in France and involved a total of six emergency departments. Physicians in each of these departments […]

Medication Errors: How Seniors Can Avoid Them

Seniors may be at a higher risk of suffering from a medication-related error. The Harvard Medical School has tips for seniors to prevent these dangerous errors and injuries. There are reasons why seniors may be at a higher risk of suffering medication error-related injuries. Aging-related cognitive slowness may cause a senior to misunderstand a doctor’s instructions. […]

Tips for Seniors to Avoid Anesthesia Complications

Seniors are living healthier and longer lives than ever before. With life expectancies on the rise, most seniors can expect to undergo at least one surgical procedure during their lifetime. That means going under general anesthesia, exposing the senior to a number of the complications that anesthesia can involve. There is no denying the fact […]

Acetaminophen May Aid Recovery Post-Anesthesia

A dose of acetaminophen could significantly increase comfort and reduce pain for patients coming out of anesthesia. Those findings come from a recent study which was presented at a meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.  The study found that acetaminophen reduces the chances of patients suffering shivers and extreme chills when they wake up from the […]

40% of Medication-Related Liability Claims Involve Opioids, Anticoagulants

Close to 40% of all medication error-related liability claims that were analyzed as part of a recent study involved opioids and anticoagulants. Opioids were found to be involved in more liability claims involving medication errors than any other drug, accounting for 24% of all liability claims. Anticoagulants followed at a close second with 16% of all claims […]