patient safety

  

Lawsuit alleges freestanding ER and trainee doctor cause girl’s death of bacterial meningitis

Resident physician diagnoses patient with ear infection, but five hours after discharge it was too late to save her

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Slow treatment of pleural effusion can be deadly

Extra fluid around the lungs can lead to a serious infection and respiratory distress

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VA hospital nurse mixes up resuscitation order, patient dies

Same nurse had two prior known problems in monitoring at risk-patients

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The danger of medical device misconnections

FDA safety warning cites numerous medical errors causing death, including an epidural line being misconnected to an IV

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Why neurological examinations are important

Some doctors ignore patients and skip neuro exams, and instead choose to focus on computerized lab and radiology results

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What happens when nurses ignore machine alarms and call buttons

A Joint Commission 2017 National Patient Safety Goal requires hospitals to improve staff performance for equipment alarms and other notifications

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What happens when there is a medication error at a hospital

In 2017, the Joint Commission announced a new National Patient Safety Goal to improve hospital medication safety

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What happens when critical lab or radiology results are not communicated to the doctor

Improved hospital staff communication is a National Patient Safety Goal for 2017

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What happens when doctors and nurses treat the wrong patient

Two Joint Commission 2017 National Patient Safety Goals focus on identifying patients correctly

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What you should know about hospital Rapid Response Teams

Accrediting standards require Rapid Response Teams, which can be called for urgent help before a Code situation develops

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