Virginia Mason Medical Center, responding Saturday after numerous press reports of deaths at its facility over a two-year period, said in a statement that the problem stemmed from endoscope cleaning guidelines that were inadequate.
New recommendations on how to improve the safety of compounded, sterile drugs given in hospitals represent a step forward in the fight to prevent more patients from being sickened or killed by mishandled or improperly compounded drugs, experts say.
High prescription rates for opioid medications among reproductive-age women are raising concerns about the risks associated with their use and the development of adverse pregnancy outcomes.
Significant gaps remain in ensuring the safety of compounded drugs given in hospitals, reports a study released to Modern Healthcare early Thursday morning by HHS' Office of Inspector General.
Teamwork may be one way to help reduce the incidence of diagnostic mistakes, in which patients' conditions are missed, delayed or diagnosed incorrectly, a study suggests. When two doctors worked together, their confidence in a diagnosis was boosted and their determination was more accurate.
A federal agency says the New York City clinic where Joan Rivers suffered a fatal complication during a medical procedure will get another chance to keep its accreditation.
For a physician to deliver an accurate diagnosis, it requires time for thoughtful consideration of a patient's symptoms. But time is one element physicians say they don't have.
The union that represents about 18,000 Kaiser Permanente nurses in Northern and Central California has reached a tentative contract with the medical provider and canceled a two-day strike planned for next week at 86 hospitals and clinics.
Last week, the Institute of Medicine urged major changes in data-sharing practices to make it easier for independent researchers to compare therapies. Some experts have hailed the report as a big step toward transparency, but many remain skeptical.
Those squat disinfecting robots that zap deadly pathogens seem to have more personality than expected.
Though surgical checklists can indeed be used to prevent patient harm, such as wrong-side surgery and surgical-site infections, hospitals and health systems are learning that not every good theory translates easily into widespread clinical practice.
The Institute of Medicine released four recommendations to address practices that often have left relevant medical research unpublished and useful data unattainable by independent researchers.