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Are Superbug Infections the Ultimate Patient Safety Threat?

The medical community expressed alarm over a case in Nevada involving an elderly woman who died from a superbug infection. Doctors could not keep the infection from spreading, and later determined she was infected with the superbug CRE. This case is a reminder that superbug infections could become the most serious patient safety threat of the 21st century. Doctors at the Nevada hospital that treated the woman sent samples of the bacteria to the Centers for Disease Control. According to officials at the CDC, the bacteria underwent testing against all antibiotics available to doctors in the United States. All 26 antibiotics failed to kill the superbug. An investigation into this case revealed the woman had spent an extended period of time in India. At one point during the trip, she broke her right femur and developed a bone infection in her femur. She underwent treatment multiple times at hospitals in…
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4 Common Pharmacy Mistakes that Can Harm Patients

Pharmacy mistakes have the potential to cause serious injuries or deaths to patients, so it is important to recognize how these errors are made. In some cases, patients or family members can prevent pharmacy mistakes with extra diligence. The following four pharmacy errors are among the most common: Mistaken handwriting: In some cases, a doctor’s poor handwriting or mistake may also cause the pharmacist to make an error. For example, a doctor writes “TID, or three times a day” on a prescription that should only be taken once a day, and the pharmacist includes this on the medication label. Dosage errors: Pharmacists may give patients the incorrect dosage. This can lead to an overdose depending on the medication. Look-alike/sound-alike drugs: Some drugs look like other drugs, and some have similar sounding names. For example, there is a case of a doctor prescribing methadone (used for opioid withdrawal) instead of methylphenidate…
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Florida Hospitals Lose Funding for Patient Safety Hazards

Seven hospitals in Northeast Florida are losing Medicare funding for having high rates of hospital-acquired infections and other patient safety hazards. Under a provision in the Affordable Care Act, hospitals are graded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on patient safety. Hospitals are assigned scores on a 10-point scale. Those in the bottom 25 percent lose reimbursements they receive for treating Medicare patients. Seven hospitals in Northeast Florida will lose 1 percent of their Medicare reimbursements, which amounts to hundreds of thousands of dollars. There is of course, also damage to the reputation of the hospital to consider. Patient safety, especially sanitation, must be a major priority for these institutions. Hospital-acquired infections, which include superbugs like MRSA, are responsible for almost 100,000 deaths every year. How to Check Your Local Hospital for Patient Safety Hazards Fortunately, patients can pull data collected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid…
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