Generally, hospital patients are probably safer now than they were 100 years ago. As technological improvements found their way into the world of healthcare, treatment and care got better and more reliable as well.
A nurse is facing criminal charges after stealing intravenous (IV) painkillers from patients and causing harmful bacterial contamination in the process. Blake D. Zenner, 42, has admitted to allegations that he stole Dilaudid intended for patients and then concealed his crime by adding saline to IV bags.
John Hopkins University School of Medicine recently studied the rate of deadly diagnosis errors in intensive care units (ICUs) and made some alarming discoveries. The research revealed that ICU patients were 50 percent more likely to suffer a serious misdiagnosis than patients in other units of the hospital.
Johnson & Johnson (J&J) recently issued a Class I recall of surgical bone putty due to a fire risk. The Hemostatic Bone Putty presents a serious safety risk when used in surgeries involving an electrosurgical cautery system. The putty can ignite, causing severe and permanent injuries to the patient.
Tight budgets have prompted many Ohio hospitals to either slash their nursing staffs or to cease new hires, even as their need for nurses rises. This causes nurses to suffer unnecessary job-related stress and burnout, which has a devastating impact on patients.
Heart surgery is not a procedure to be taken lightly. Although it's a relatively common operation, it is major surgery and comes with risks. Amazingly, a recent investigation uncovered a heart surgeon's unscrupulous practice of performing unnecessary heart surgery on patients. Why? To rake in profits.
July is a time of change at hospitals throughout the nation. It's when new interns - just out of med school - begin treating patients.