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April 19, 2015
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Health Care Safety Index April 2015

Here are patient safety issues that have appeared in the news and medical journals throughout the last 30 days or so: Toni Clarke, for Reuters, reported […]
March 21, 2015
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Health Care Safety Index – February through March 2015

The editors at medGadget discussed a study appearing in the journal Inorganic Chemistry regarding research at Bielefeld University in Germany which demonstrated a new method of […]
February 16, 2015
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Health Care Safety Index January 2015

Rachael Zimlich, for Modern Medicine Network, reported that the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration is predicting a 340,000 nurse surplus by 2025. Amy Norton, for […]
December 23, 2014
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Health Care Safety Index December 2014

Recent changes in drug labels: The following drugs had modifications to the contraindications, warnings or precautions section of their labels: Adcetris (brentuximab vedotin) for Injection; Arava […]
November 9, 2014
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Health Care Safety Index November 9, 2014

NEJM published a study revealing that by merely adopting an I-PASS patient hand-off system (“I” illness severity,  “P” patient summary,  “A” action list,  “S” situation awareness […]
August 16, 2014
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Health Care Safety Index – July to August 2014

Jessica Firger, for CBS News,  on increased reports of West Nile Virus in western, central and southern states. Early signs and symptoms of the disease include […]
June 21, 2014
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Health Care Safety Index – June 2014

Tim Darragh reported that there are 43% fewer medical malpractice cases being filed in Pennsylvania today than there were ten years ago. The article attributes the […]
May 24, 2014
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Health Care Safety Index – May 2014

Kate Thomas, reporting for the New York Times, discussed how Insys Therapeutics, maker of  Subsys, a narcotic pain killer, increased sales by aggressively marketing Subsys to […]
March 15, 2014
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Health Care Safety Index – February 2014

In this story, NPR highlighted Senator Joe Manchin’s attempts to introduce legislation to force the FDA to ban a new painkiller, Zohydro, which was placed on […]
February 15, 2014
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Health Care Safety Index – January 2014

A stunning expose by Julie Creswell Reed Abelson in the New York Times detailed how a multi-state hospital chain is alleged to have put profits before […]