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Not only in hospitals…

In Patient Safety on October 5, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Pediatric patients are at risk for medication errors during inpatient hospital stays but also in their own homes.

From the CDC:
Findings from national data suggest 4 things busy clinicians can tell parents and older children about using medicines safely.

1.Among children, unintended medication overdoses (rather than allergic reactions or side effects) are the most common cause of serious harm and lead to more than 70,000 emergency department visits every year.
2.It is not errors by clinicians that cause most of these overdoses — Read the rest of this entry »

Safety=Cost control?

In Patient Safety on October 3, 2010 at 8:46 am

Obviously gaps in patient safety behaviors would lead to greater expenditures in a healthcare system but can highlighting safety concerns actually save money?

A blog post by David Williams uses a new radiation law in California as an example. The law requires healthcare providers to disclose excess radiation exposure from CT (computerized tomography) scans. This includes a patient needing a rescan because a machine malfunctioned, a wrong body part was scanned or when the dose exceeds the normal protocol by 50% (Bisnar, 2010). Mr. Williams surmises that patients will … Read the rest of this entry »

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