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Expert symposium: Paracetamol first-line for paediatric use
Paracetamol (1999-11-07)

Northwestern Memorial named among '100 Most Wired Hospitals' for sixth consecutive year
Northwestern Memorial Hospital has once again achieved recognition on the list of the (2005-07-12)

Nursing scholar inducted into American Academy of Nursing
Amy Vogelsmeier, an associate professor in the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing (SSON), will be inducted as a fellow into the prestigious American Academy of Nursing (AAN) Oct. 17 at the academy's annual meeting in Washington, D.C. As an AAN fellow, Vogelsmeier joins the nursing profession's most accomplished leaders, including association executives, university presidents, hospital administrators, nurse consultants, researchers and entrepreneurs. (2015-10-15)

Physicians click their way to better prescriptions
Is it time for all community-based doctors to turn to e-prescribing to cut down on the number of medication errors? According to Rainu Kaushal and colleagues from the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, electronic prescriptions can dramatically reduce prescribing errors -- up to seven-fold. Their study of the benefits of e-prescribing in primary care practices appears online in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, published by Springer. (2010-03-10)

Surgeons put themselves at risk, despite evidence
Exposure to blood and body fluids while operating places surgeons at risk, yet a large number of doctors continue to put themselves in danger despite knowing the evidence, according to a University of Alberta study. (2003-02-19)

Study highlights lack of patient knowledge regarding hospital medications
In a new study to asses patient awareness of medications prescribed during a hospital visit, 44 percent of patients believed they were receiving a medication they were not, and 96 percent were unable to recall the name of at least one medication that they had been prescribed during hospitalization. These findings are published today in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. (2009-12-10)

Safety of anti-malarial drugs in pregnancy must be monitored
There is an urgent need to develop systems to assess the safety of anti-malarials in early pregnancy, says a new essay in this week's PLoS Medicine. (2008-09-08)

Safety testing on Gulf seafood
Government assurances that seafood from the Gulf of Mexico is safe to eat after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill are the result of a monitoring and testing program that continues more than a year after the April 20, 2010, disaster. The little-known story of the effort by Federal agencies to assure safety of Gulf seafood is the topic of the cover article in the current edition of Chemical & Engineering News, ACS's weekly news magazine. (2011-07-20)

Safely transporting a preterm or low birth weight infant
New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics should eliminate one of the many stresses of bringing a preterm or low birth weight infant home from the hospital. (2009-04-27)

Mayo Clinic calls for standardization of safe imaging protocols for children
The benefits of medical imaging far outweigh the risks when children receive The Right Exam, ordered The Right Way, with The Right Radiation Dose. However, overuse and misuse of imaging change the benefit-risk ratio and Mayo Clinic is leading a collaborative effort to ensure a national protocol is put into action. (2014-07-10)

Multi-million pound project to use nanotechnology to improve safety
The University of Southampton has been awarded a multi-million grant from Lloyd's Register Foundation to find new ways of using nanotechnologies to improve safety at sea, on land and in the air. (2015-09-03)

Study highlights risks of prescribing or monitoring errors in UK general practice
Around one in 100 patients in a study of over 500 UK general practices are at risk of receiving an inappropriate prescription and around one in 250 have no record of monitoring within the recommended time period, finds a study in The BMJ this week. (2015-11-03)

Medical/dental insurance databases and drug safety surveillance
Recent failures of the drug safety surveillance system in the United States and abroad, as evidenced by market withdrawals of commonly used medications, call attention to the many limitations to the monitoring of long-term drug safety. Although drug safety evaluation is primarily performed during clinical development, clinical trials are not efficient in identifying rare adverse effects. Similarly, the post-market system suffers from inherent limitations, including the under-reporting of voluntary reports of adverse effects. (2006-03-10)

NPSF makes safe use of pharmaceuticals a national health priority
With medication use steadily rising each year, the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) has launched an initiative to reduce the risk of medication error. The initiative Pharmaceutical Safety Initiative, led by the NPSF, focuses on redesigning medication practices so that patients can use medications more safely, and involves all types of health care workers, professionals and patients. (1999-11-09)

CDC charges Johns Hopkins to lead development of Ebola training module
Johns Hopkins Medicine has been tasked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to lead a group and to design an interactive Web-based learning program that guides health care workers, nurses and physicians through government-approved protocols to aid clinicians as they provide care to patients who may be at risk of contracting the Ebola virus. The program trains health care providers in three critical areas: proper donning of personal protective equipment, the safe removal of gear and active monitoring skills. (2014-10-24)

Pew Health Group statement on Senate mark up of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510)
Sandra Eskin, director of the Pew Health Group's Food Safety Campaign, today issued the following statement regarding the markup of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions Committee: (2009-11-18)

Exempt from passenger restraint laws, taxis pose risky rides for small children
The vast majority of small children riding in taxis are not restrained in car safety seats, according to new research, even though there are tens of thousands of motor vehicle collisions involving taxis, limousines and car services each year. (2016-04-30)

Prevalence Of Silicosis Studied In Surface Coal Miners
New research finds that 9 percent of surface coal miners in the bituminous coal regions of western Pennsylvania have silicosis. The study also found that of surface coal miners who worked as drillers more than 20 years, 61 percent had silicosis. (1998-05-26)

Families report adverse events in hospitalized children not tracked by health-care providers
Families of hospitalized children can provide valuable information about adverse events relating to their children's care that complements information documented by health-care professionals, states a study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2011-11-21)

Study examines hospital compliance with proposed emergency department performance measures
Compliance with proposed emergency department length of stay measures for admitted, discharged, transferred, and observed patients does not differ significantly between safety-net hospitals (which serve higher proportion of patients with poorer health care status) and non-safety-net hospitals, addressing the issue of whether safety-net hospitals may not be able to meet certain performance measures and could be at risk of reduced funding, according to a study in the Feb. 1 issue of JAMA. (2012-01-31)

Study documents safety problems for biological products
Approximately one in four biological medicinal products (such as antibodies, enzymes and insulin) approved since 1995 in the US and Europe have had at least one safety-related regulatory action issued for them 10 years after their approval, including about 11 percent receiving a (2008-10-21)

More quality, not more weight, may make vehicles safer, U-M researcher says
A University of Michigan physicist and a research scientist are questioning the belief that bigger and heavier vehicles are automatically safer than other cars and trucks. (2002-07-25)

New Jersey hospital adds 'fifth protocol' to ensure organ donation safety
The heart transplant team at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick has added a new step in a safety checklist to guard against the possible organ mismatch that occurred in North Carolina. The change adds a fifth protocol to what had been a four-step safety check system to ensure that donor organs are compatible to their recipients. (2003-02-21)

Law enforcement officers leaving loaded guns unlocked, study shows
Law enforcement officers, who publicly promote firearm safety, often do not store their own guns safely at home, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study suggests. Forty-four percent of officers surveyed kept their weapons both unlocked and loaded. (2001-08-01)

Test to improve stem cell safety
CSIRO scientists have developed a test to identify unsafe stem cells. It is the first safety test specifically for human induced pluripotent stem cells -- as published today in the international journal Stem Cells. (2013-06-03)

Tecnalia offers European industry the first humanoid robot that works side by side people
The research centre Tecnalia Research & Innovation is embarking on a new era by incorporating into European industry the first robot capable of working shoulder to shoulder with people. There are two aims: To improve the capacities of the workers in conditions of safety; and to increase the competitiveness of the factories in international markets. For this it has the robot Hiro, Japan's most closely guarded secret in recent years in the sphere of industrial robotics. (2012-05-22)

Crash experts find car seats protect overweight kids, too
Researchers at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Center for Injury Research and Prevention found no evidence of increased injury risk among crash-involved children across a broad weight range, when they were properly restrained in the correct child safety seat or booster seat for their height and weight. (2011-11-29)

Clemson safety expert honored by American Psychological Association
Scott Shappell, a professor of industrial engineering at Clemson University, has been elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association. Shappell is known for his research in the areas of human error, human factors safety-management systems and fatigue effects on performance. (2009-09-09)

National Office Of Drug Safety Is Needed, Experts Say In JAMA
WINSTON-SALEM, NC - Three leading advocates of safer pharmaceuticals have called for a national office of drug safety to monitor the adverse effects of prescription drugs, which they say could be the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States. (1998-05-20)

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 49th Annual Meeting
The HFES 49th Annual Meeting will include a number of papers and sessions on topics like homeland security, patient safety, and better integration of human capabilities into system design. (2005-09-21)

Car manufacturers acting in the interest of profits rather than safety in poor countries
A study published today in the BMJ journal Injury Prevention calls for greater vigilance in ensuring that car manufacturers are fully committed to promoting road safety interventions that are based on sound evidence of effectiveness. (2006-10-06)

First Annual "Health Of Hanford" Conference -- Scientists Gather To Report, Discuss Research Findings
The latest research on thyroid disease, wildlife populations, beryllium exposure and Columbia River contamination in the Hanford reach area are among topics to be addressed during a two-day conference Dec. 3 and 4 in Richland, Wash. (1997-11-13)

Health Canada's fast-tracked drug approvals can put public at risk
Dr. Joel Lexchin of York University has found that drugs streamed into Health Canada's 180-day priority review process are more likely to be withdrawn from the market or earn a serious safety warning than those that undergo the 300-day standard review. After accounting for other variables which may have caused this variation, the study concludes that the difference is likely due to the faster review time missing serious safety issues. (2012-10-08)

Clients lost in system when safety-net agencies close
Safety-net agencies, such as food banks and nonprofits offering health care, serve vulnerable individuals who are uninsured or underinsured and help them connect with services, such as health care, legal aid and housing. A researcher from the University of Missouri offers recommendations for agency leaders and policymakers to make sure safety-net agencies are sustainable and, if they do close, clients continue to receive the services they need. (2015-06-22)

Drug marketing techniques may be risking patient safety
With new drugs being reviewed by regulatory agencies and then released onto the market faster than ever before, patients' safety is being compromised, warns a study published on bmj.com today. (2008-12-02)

Vaccine schedule safety: IOM Report to release Jan. 16
Roughly 90 percent of American children receive most childhood vaccines. (2013-01-09)

USP's hospital medication error report supports key patient safety goals
Data from the most recent report on medication errors compiled by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) supports several key patient safety goals outlined by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) in the areas of patient identification, communication, high-alert medications, and use of infusion pumps. (2003-12-08)

Poll finds most Americans favor increased funding for stronger food safety oversight
Among likely voters surveyed across the nation, 66 percent support additional funding for the US Food and Drug Administration to carry out new responsibilities related to food safety, according to a Pew-commissioned poll released today by the bipartisan team of Hart Research and American Viewpoint. In addition, 74 percent feel it is worth a one-to-three percent increase in the cost of food to pay for new safety measures in the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, which became law this year. (2011-05-19)

Safety-net and non-safety-net hospitals deliver similar PCI outcomes
Patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) at safety-net hospitals experienced similar outcomes as patients treated at non-safety-net hospitals, according to research published today in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions. (2017-08-07)

Important information to consider about non-systemic cholesterol lowering agents
There's been quite a bit of (2002-10-29)

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