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New Federal Warning System Could Identify Dangerous Medical Devices

Medical devices can be extremely useful for diagnosing patients with health conditions, but these tools can also cause significant problems for patients. For example, duodenoscopes are used in tens of thousands of medical procedures, but are difficult to clean and could expose patients to superbug infections. Almost 200 patients in the U.S. developed infections from procedures involving duodenoscopes from 2012 to 2015. Duodenoscopes are a good example of how medical devices can risk the safety of patients. Congress wants to develop new policies that would make medical devices safer to use. Lawmakers argue the current Food and Drug Administration (FDA) surveillance system for medical devices puts too much reliance on manufacturers to report design defects or other risks. By the time a medical device is discovered to be dangerous, dozens of patients could have already been affected. A new surveillance system would use ‘device IDs’ that could allow federal regulators…
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3 Ways Communication Can Improve Patient Safety in Hospitals

Communication is essential for promoting patient safety. When hospital staff members communicate with patients, each other and the public, it becomes more difficult to cause medical errors. These three examples can show how communication prevents common medical mistakes. Handoff errors: While receiving treatment at hospitals, patients are likely to fall under the care of multiple nurses, doctors and other staff throughout their stay. Handoffs are when patient care is transferred to other health care professionals, usually at the end of shifts. During handoffs, communication is essential to avoid medical errors. Many hospitals have created handoff procedures to avoid errors, all of which verify information about patients. Patient medical history errors: Hospital staff, patients and family members should communicate with each other to avoid errors. Staff members must be made aware of critical information, such as potential drug allergies. Patients should never make the assumption that health care practitioners have all…
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