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Physician age affects patient mortality — unless volume is high

Written by Emily Rappleye (Twitter | Google+)  | May 17, 2017   Older physicians may increase patient mortality risk, according to a recent study published in The BMJ. The study sought to determine the effect of a physician’s age on cost, 30-day mortality and 30-day readmission rates. It was based on Medicare fee-for-service data for more… Continue reading Physician age affects patient mortality — unless volume is high

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Nightmare scenario: Only 5% of hospitals annually test medical device security

    Pretty much anyone in the health IT or hacker communities could tell you that medical devices are security sieves and potential nightmares for hospitals. But new research paints an even bleaker picture. “Only 9 percent of manufacturers and 5 percent of users say they test medical devices at least annually,” according to the… Continue reading Nightmare scenario: Only 5% of hospitals annually test medical device security

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Hospitals using surgical safety checklists have 22 percent lower 30-day mortality rates

Apr 20, 2017 | Tim Casey  Hospitals in South Carolina that completed a voluntary, team-based surgical safety checklist had a significantly lower rate of 30-day post-operative mortality compared with hospitals that did not complete the program by the end of 2013, according to a population-based study. The risk-adjusted 30-day mortality rates were 22 percent lower… Continue reading Hospitals using surgical safety checklists have 22 percent lower 30-day mortality rates

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Medical mistakes still kill 1,000 patients a day, Leapfrog says

The Leapfrog Group on Wednesday released its Spring 2017 Hospital Safety Grade, highlighting hundreds of hospitals that are leading in preventing deadly medical errors at their facilities. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, the first and only national healthcare rating focused on errors, accidents and infections, assigns A through F letter grades to general acute-care hospitals. Leapfrog… Continue reading Medical mistakes still kill 1,000 patients a day, Leapfrog says

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EHRs blamed for hundreds of medication errors in Pennsylvania

By John Gregory Apr 10, 2017 In the first half of 2016, 889 medication errors or close calls in Pennsylvania hospitals could have been attributed to electronic health records or other monitoring technology, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The report from the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority said most of the errors were either missed dosages… Continue reading EHRs blamed for hundreds of medication errors in Pennsylvania

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Redesigned Olympus scopes linked to superbug outbreak: 7 things to know

Written by Brian Zimmerman | March 23, 2017 A superbug outbreak at a foreign health facility has been linked to Olympus-made duodenoscopes that were recently redesigned to prevent such infections, according to the Los Angeles Times. In the U.S., Olympus issued a voluntary recall of TJF-Q180V duodenoscopes in January 2016, asking hospitals to return the devices so… Continue reading Redesigned Olympus scopes linked to superbug outbreak: 7 things to know