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September 2012 Archives

Overexposure to Radiation and Effects on Patients in Rhode Island

Radiation serves many purposes in medicine. It is used for tracing broken bones, lung lesions, heart defects, tumors and is treatment for cancer. However, overexposure to radiation due to medical negligence or medical necessity can also cause damage to DNA, which may ultimately result in cancer after 10 to 20 years.

Level of Patient Safety Varies Across States, According to Rankings

Some hospitals devote a tremendous amount of time and resources to prevent medical errors and improve the overall quality of patient care. However, others appear to be more negligent when it comes to ensuring patient safety. A new report of hospital safety rankings suggests that the importance of patient safety can vary greatly from state to state.

Agency Determines How to Reduce ICU Infection Rates

Recently, an important announcement was made at an annual conference hosted by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The agency's findings could significantly impact fatality rates caused by a certain infection in hospitals.

Shocking Misdiagnosis and Missed Diagnosis Rates in ICUs: Part II

Earlier this week, we began a discussion about a meta-analysis recently released by researchers out of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The analysis centers on rates of missed diagnosis and misdiagnosis in American ICUs. Unfortunately, the results do not bode well for patient safety.

Shocking Misdiagnosis and Missed Diagnosis Rates in ICUs: Part I

The intensive care unit (ICU) is a frightening place. This unit is where the hospital receives its most gravely ill and injured patients, provided that they survive the emergency room and the surgical floor. Because the patients housed in ICU are so critically ill or injured, the web of care providers, testing, tubes and monitors assigned to a single patient is infinitely complex.

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