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IT solution shown to reduce medication errors

A study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association found that implementation of a single information-technology tool in clinical settings could have a profound effect on the quality of patient care in Massachusetts and across the country. Computerized provider order entry, or CPOE, has been in use for years, but according to researchers, the rate of adoption remains "modest" despite a financial incentive included in the HITECH Act.The meta-analysis found that exclusive use of CPOE in a clinical setting could reduce medication errors by as much as 48 percent. Researchers went further by calculating the total benefit in decreased errors that could be attributed to CPOE use in 2008. They found that CPOE use eliminated what would have otherwise been an additional 17.4 million medication errors that year. Prior research by the Institute of Medicine uncovered an average rate of one medication error per day per patient.

Lawsuit alleges young woman was victim of anesthesia-related negligence

When a person undergoes an operation which involves them being given anesthesia, they expect that the medical professionals and medical facilities/organizations that are providing them with care in connection to the procedure will act properly in relation to the giving of anesthetics. When medical professionals or medical facilities/organizations fail to live up to this expectation and commit anesthesia-related negligence, it can result in patients suffering great harm.

Lawsuit brought in connection to patient's death

It is very important for medical professionals and medical facilities to act properly when giving anesthesia to patients in connection to a surgical procedure. When medical professionals or medical facilities commit negligence in relation to the giving of anesthesia, it can cause great harm to patients. Tragically, anesthesia-related negligence can sometimes even result in a patient's death.

Verdict reached in anesthesia negligence case

It is very important for medical professionals to not act negligently when it comes to the giving of anesthetics to patients. No patient should have to be subjected to anesthesia-related negligence. Such medical negligence can be very impactful on patients.

Trial began this week in anesthesia negligence case

Anesthesia-related negligence by medical professionals can be a very serious matter. Such negligence can cause patients to suffer a great deal of harm. Thus, it is very important for medical professionals to act properly when it comes to the administration of anesthesia to patients.

Case involving allegations of anesthesia-related negligence settled

It is very important for medical professionals to not act negligently when it comes to administering anesthesia to patients. Anesthesia-related negligence can cause great harm to a patient. This can be seen in allegations that were made in a now-settled medical malpractice case.

Bar code scanning can help reduce medication error rate in OR

At the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists' December 2011 meeting, one anesthesiologist from the University Health Network's Toronto General Hospital in Canada described the operating room as a "black hole of medication safety." He then went on to share the details of a pilot program at one hospital that involves having anesthesiologists scan bar codes on all medications before administration, which reportedly has been remarkably successful in reducing medication errors. One hopes that hospitals and anesthesiologists in Massachusetts and around the U.S. will note the results of the program.

Woman "felt unable to breath" from incorrect paralytic dosage

We, as patients, entrust doctors and surgeons with our lives when seeking medical treatment. They are highly-skilled in their profession and possess thousands of hours of experience in the medical field. Given this doctor-patient relationship, you would expect as few errors as possible on the operating table or in a hospital.