Patient Safety News

 
 
  • AES 2018Long-Term Efficacy for Epidiolex in Resistant Epilepsy Results of open-label extension trials show the recently approved drug Epidiolex, a purified form of CBD, is safe and effective beyond a year in patients with two rare and resistant epilepsy types.
  • RSNA 2018Radiology Malpractice Claims Review Drives Suggestions for Improvement A report from the Cooperative of American Physicians makes recommendations to prevent diagnostic errors in radiology, but one expert is skeptical of the whole report.
  • Steer Clear of Driving While Taking Prescribed Opioids? Higher-dose opioids impair driving performance to a minor degree, but patients still need to be advised of this risk so they can decide whether to steer clear of driving while taking these meds.
  • Bacteria-Ridden Stethoscopes Abound in Hospitals Stethoscopes used in an ICU were loaded with bacteria, including bacteria that may be associated with nosocomial infections, and standard cleaning only modestly reduced bacteria levels, a study found.
  • Plan Ahead to Mitigate Adverse Consequences of Overturning Roe V. Wade: Report Those who care about women's health should start planning ways to mitigate the adverse effects that could follow a reversal of Roe v. Wade, according to a new report.
  • Into the Fray: AHA's First Scientific Statement on Statin Safety The benefits of statins outweigh the harms, the report asserts, which is likely to renew calls for the release of patient-level data from industry-sponsored statin trials for independent scrutiny.
  • Medication Omission Common Cause of Fatal Med Errors Fatal medication errors were most common with anticoagulants and antibiotics. The most common types of errors were medication omissions, a study found.
  • EHR Alert Reduces Excess Cardiac Telemetry in Hospital An electronic alert embedded in the electronic health record (EHR) safely decreases the length of time that hospitalized patients are on cardiac telemetry, new data show.
  • Christmas Discharges Tied to Worse Outcomes Patients released from the hospital in the 2 weeks around Christmas were much less likely to get timely outpatient follow-up and somewhat more likely to be readmitted or die.
  • Olympus Unit Pleads Guilty to Resolve U.S. Duodenoscope Probe An Olympus Corp subsidiary pleaded guilty on Monday and agreed to pay $85 million to resolve charges that it failed to file reports with U.S. regulators regarding infections connected to its duodenoscopes while continuing to sell the medical devices used to view the gastrointestinal tract.
  • VA Hospitals Beat Non-VA on Many Quality Measures Analysis finds VA hospitals were the best healthcare option in a high percentage of US markets.
  • Nurses Help Nurses After Losing Nearly All in California Fire A group of nurses is helping nurses and other healthcare workers who lost everything, including their jobs, when their hospital was badly damaged during the Camp Fire, in Paradise, California, last November.
  • Canada Says Talc May be 'Harmful to Human Health’ The government of Canada is considering restricting the use of talc, as inhalation and use in the female genital area may be ‘harmful to health.’ The move comes amid great controversy.
  • SABCS 2018Go Low With Tamoxifen for DCIS In a potentially practice-changing result, use of a 5-mg daily dose of tamoxifen for patients with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) prevented new and recurrent breast cancer events in comparison with placebo.
  • Liquid Ibuprofen Recalled at Walmart, CVS, Others Tris Pharma Inc. has voluntarily recalled three lots of infants liquid ibuprofen sold at Walmart, CVS, and Family Dollar, because they may contain too much ibuprofen.
  • Reusable Respirators Effectively Protect Healthcare Workers Currently, they are not widely used in healthcare, but a CDC-sponsored report finds them durable and effective and recommends stockpiling them for day-to-day practice and public health emergencies.
  • Almost Half of Americans to Skip Flu Shot This Year Top reasons cited for not getting vaccinated include a lack of confidence in the flu vaccine, concern about side effects from the vaccine, or just thinking they will not get the flu.
  • Whole-Brain Radiation May Lead to Dry Mouth Parotid gland exposure during whole-brain radiation therapy (WBRT) may unnecessarily cause significant xerostomia, according to a small prospective observational study.
  • Investigation: Lives Lost Amid ER Violations The federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act has been in effect for more than 30 years, yet hospitals violate it hundreds of times a year, sometimes with devastating results for ER patients.
  • Low Nurse Staffing Increases Risk for Inpatient Death Each day spent on a medical or surgical ward where registered nurses were understaffed increased hospitalized patients' risk for death by 3%, a study found.
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