The man slated to take over as head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says the agency never reviewed the efficacy of manufacturers' instructions for cleaning and reprocessing medical endoscopes associated with the spread of drug-resistant bacteria.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to save $1.2 million by defunding the state's NYDoctorProfile.com website is coming under fire from a coalition of 16 patient- and consumer-advocacy groups who call the plan “a dangerous step backwards in the effort for greater transparency in...
The popular stereotype of the role played by medical malpractice insurers in the nation's healthcare system is not positive. And it's true that hospitals and their insurers can be wary and contentious partners, tied together by financial necessity and the stark realities of a litigious society. But...
A North Carolina hospital is the latest provider to report several patients have been infected with the same deadly, drug-resistant superbug linked to several deaths at healthcare facilities in Los Angeles and Seattle.
The latest outbreak of a deadly drug-resistant bacterial infection spread through contaminated endoscopes has prompted calls for re-evaluating the adequacy of currently recommended cleaning and reprocessing procedures.
More than 15 years after the Institute of Medicine's landmark report on patient safety, the National Patient Safety Foundation is convening a panel of experts in Boston this week to assess the state of the safety movement and where it needs to go.
Leaders at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where as many as 179 people were exposed to drug-resistant bacteria while undergoing endoscopic procedures, say the manufacturer-recommended protocols they followed to decontaminate the scopes proved to be inadequate.
The FDA has issued a Class I recall on more than 12,000 General Electric MRI systems because of a potentially life-threatening situation that can result when a part on the devices is not connected properly.
The Food and Drug Administration has issued a general warning to health providers regarding the use of medical endoscopes for complex endoscopic procedures such as the one that led to seven people becoming infected with a superbug bacteria at a Los Angeles hospital. Two of those patients died.
Contaminated medical instruments are to blame for infecting seven patients—including two who died—with an antibiotic-resistant and potentially deadly superbug at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, hospital officials said. A total of 179 patients may be infected.
Some surgeries performed commonly on seniors should be considered “high-risk” and preceded by careful conversations about the potential harms, according to a new study. Many on the list also happen to be among the most expensive.
The CMS says it is making it more difficult for nursing homes to get high marks on its five-star quality rating system. The facilities will soon be subject to two additional measures, expanded onsite surveys and an electronic reporting system to verify staffing levels.