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Understanding Sever’s disease and misdiagnosis

When people from Michigan go to see a doctor, they’re making themselves vulnerable to a professional they trust.…

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Errors with high-risk medications all too common

Preventable medication errors affect some 7 million people in Michigan and across the U.S. every year. Worldwide, between…

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3 Out Of 20 Gastrointestinal Scopes Improperly Cleaned, Contaminated With ‘Bio Dirt’

 It might be time to start treating endoscopes like tattoo needles — making sure  only unused ones go…

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Surgical Errors Climb, Bed Sores Decline In State’s Hospitals

Reports of wrong-site surgeries increased 62 percent in the past year in Connecticut hospitals, while the number of…

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Reckless doctors go unchecked

A database that could identify prolific prescribers and prevent overdose deaths is readily available, but California officials say they…

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Copying common in electronic medical records

Most doctors copy and paste old, potentially out-of-date information into patients’ electronic records, according to a new study…

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Fire Risk Forces Oxygen Tank Recall

The manufacturer of a portable oxygen cylinder unit has recalled the product after discovering that fires could occur…

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“Doc Infects Patients with Hep B in Surgery”

According to a report by researchers at the University of Virginia Health System, a surgeon with hepatitis B…

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Reducing harm through medication reconciliation

Dr. Schnipper, director of clinical research for the hospitalist service at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, is…

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Study finds hospital bed alarms don’t deliver results

Better staff training and family reminders to better monitor patients at risk of falling is a better method,…

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Some cancer docs say their income tied to treatments

A survey of cancer doctors finds that some believe they get paid more when they administer their patients’…

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Patients transferred to the intensive care unit within 24 hours of admission to a hospital room have high risk of dying

Most critically ill medical patients who arrive at the emergency department (ED) are directly admitted to the intensive…

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One-third of patients with hospital-acquired infections are readmitted within 1 year

Hospital readmissions can be costly. In one year alone, 20 percent of Medicare patients readmitted within 30 days…

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Scripts Being Refilled After Docs Say Stop

Physicians’ orders to cancel standing prescriptions sometimes don’t get through to pharmacists, resulting in refills on prescriptions that…

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Abused Elderly Likely to Have Brain, Head and Neck Injuries

Only 2 percent of abuse cases are reported, study says TUESDAY, Nov. 27 (HealthDay News) — Elderly people…

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Meningitis Map

CASES WITH FUNGAL INFECTIONS LINKED TO STEROID INJECTIONS

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Meningitis: Death Toll at 28

October 30, 2012 Three more people — two in Michigan and one in Tennessee — have died of…

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Why Patients Don’t Report Medical Errors

Written by Marshall Allen ProPublica,  Sept. 25, 2012, 11:34 a.m. I was recently browsing through the nearly 200…

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New System for Patients to Report Medical Mistakes

Hospitals say they are receptive to the idea, despite concerns about malpractice liability and possible financial penalties for…

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How to Stop Hospitals From Killing Us

The world of American medicine is far deadlier: Medical mistakes kill enough people each week to fill four…

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