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Medication errors in sick children may be higher than previously thought
The level of medication errors in sick children might be substantially higher than previously estimated, according to a study in this week's BMJ. (2004-12-02)

Errors occur in half of intravenous drug doses
Errors in preparing and administering intravenous drugs remain a concern in the United Kingdom, say researchers in this week's BMJ. (2003-03-27)

Parents fear errors during children's hospitalization
Nearly two-thirds of parents reported they felt the need to watch over their child's care to ensure that medical errors are not made during their hospital stay, according to a University of Michigan study. Parents whose first language is not English were more likely to report the need to be vigilant about their child's care. (2009-08-03)

Side discrepancy errors in radiology reports rare but often clinically significant
Side discrepancy errors in radiology reports do occur and it is important that radiologists, referring physicians and patients communicate well to help prevent errors in clinical management, according to a study performed at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Mass. (2009-05-20)

Medication errors in critical care: Risk factors and prevention
Medication errors account for 78 percent of serious medical errors in the intensive care unit but there are strategies that can help reduce errors and improve patient safety, write a team of Calgary researchers in an article in CMAJ. (2009-04-27)

New medics in death spike
Are new medical residents a threat to patients? According to Dr. David Phillips and Gwendolyn Barker from the University of California, San Diego, in the US, fatal medication errors peak in July in teaching hospitals in particular, which coincides with the yearly influx of new medical residents who are given increased responsibility for patient care. Their findings are published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, published by Springer. (2010-06-02)

New docs linked to death spike in July
UC San Diego study suggests inexperienced medical residents make fatal medication errors. (2010-06-02)

Medical errors in the emergency room: Understanding why
Medical errors are estimated to cause 250,000 deaths per year in the US. Previously, research on admitted patients suggested that errors are due to the way doctors process the data they have about patients -- in other words, doctors have the right information, but might not act on it in the best way. (2018-07-27)

Medication errors affect children's leukemia treatment
Almost one in five children treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) does not receive the appropriate chemotherapy regimen due to medication errors, according to a new study. (2006-08-14)

Limiting resident physician work-hours might save money
Harmful errors in teaching hospitals cost $13.2 billion each year nationwide: $3.6 billion from increased hospitalization costs and $9.6 billion from higher outpatient medical care costs and patients' lost income. But the cost of reducing residents' hours by shifting work to other employees such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants would be much less, $673 million to $1.1 billion per year nationwide. (2005-10-07)

Researchers examine how errors affect credibility of online reviews
Shoppers increasingly consult online reviews before making holiday purchases. But how do they decide which reviewers to trust? Recently published research from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business at IUPUI shows that consumer trust in online reviews is influenced by spelling errors and typos. But how much those errors influence each consumer depends on the type of error and that consumer's general tendency to trust others. (2017-12-11)

Effective Clinical Practice, Nov/Dec 2000 highlights
Defining Medical Errors: A Flaw in the Definition; Developing a Culture of Safety in the Veterans Health Administration; Calculating Risk: Validity of Medical Error Numbers Questioned (2000-12-11)

Study examines nature and prevalence of errors in patient care
A University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing study provides the first detailed description of the nature and prevalence of errors by hospital staff nurses. During a 28-day period, journals kept by 393 registered nurses revealed that 30 percent of the nurses reported at least one error and 33 percent reported at least one near-error. According to the researchers, the errors frequently stem from the complex and distracting nature of the hospital work environment. (2004-11-19)

Deaths from combining Rx drugs, street drugs and/or alcohol skyrocket by more than 3,000 percent
Asking patients to monitor their own medications can be fatal, as exemplified by the recent death of actor Heath Ledger. (2008-07-28)

How psychology helps improve medical decision making
Research into decision-making strategies of expert physicians has shown that they use data-driven heuristics when solving routine problems. Physicians use hypothesis-driven strategies when confronted with complex and uncertain cases. Both these strategies are error-prone, but the nature of errors is different shows Dr. Vimla Patel in her presentation of The Development Process of the Medical Decision Making. (2000-02-20)

Pediatricians willing to disclose medical errors but consider current reporting systems inadequate
Most pediatricians support both reporting medical errors to hospitals and disclosing them to patients' families, but believe formal error reporting systems are inadequate and struggle with personal disclosure, according to survey results published in the February issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2007-02-05)

Out of court settlement of malpractice claims: Incorrect treatment of bone fractures in children
Incorrectly treated fractures in children are one of the errors most frequently confirmed in the arbitration process. This was the conclusion reached by Heinrich Vinz and Johann Neu of the Arbitration Board of the North German Medical Associations, Hanover, in the current edition of Deutsches Ă„rzteblatt International. (2009-08-07)

Most pediatric chemotherapy mistakes reach patients
The vast majority of chemotherapy errors identified in children reach patients, according to one of the first epidemiological studies of cancer drug errors in children. (2007-05-25)

Distress from self-perceived medical errors common among resident physicians
About one-third of surveyed resident physicians report committing at least one major error during the study period, often associated with substantial personal distress, according to a study in the September 6 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on medical education. (2006-09-05)

Junior doctors need training to reduce prescribing errors
A qualitative UK study in this week's issue of THE LANCET suggests that prescribing errors in hospitals are a consequence of poor understanding of drug prescribing. Authors of the study conclude that junior doctors should be trained in the principles of drug dosing, and that medical staff should promote a working culture which recognises the importance of prescription writing. (2002-04-18)

Guidelines needed for informing patients of medical errors
National guidelines are needed for timely disclosure of medical errors and informing patients, write Toronto-based researchers in a review in CMAJ. (2009-05-25)

Outpatient electronic prescribing systems don't cut out common mistakes
Outpatient electronic prescribing systems don't cut out the common mistakes made in manual systems, suggests research published online in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. (2011-06-29)

U of M researchers assess effectiveness of computerized physician order entry system
The incidence of medication errors can be reduced by implementing a computerized physician order entry system, according to a review of several studies conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota. (2007-06-27)

Personality influences how one reacts to email errors
When reading emails, do you become the 'grammar police?' You no who you aer: the person who thinks its her job too catch every typo or gramatical errur? (2016-03-30)

In national survey, 45% of specialists report a recent medical error
Otolaryngologist Dr. David Roberson of Children's Hospital Boston has first-hand experience with medical errors. He remembers one near-miss in a patient about to receive a cochlear implant - and says it typifies the kinds of mistakes he and his colleagues have turned up in a national survey. Of those responding, 45% reported that a medical error had occurred in their practice in the past six months. (2004-08-03)

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)

Fingers detect typos even when conscious brain doesn't
Expert typists are able to zoom across the keyboard without ever thinking about which fingers are pressing the keys. New research from Vanderbilt University reveals that this skill is managed by an autopilot, one that is able to catch errors that can fool our conscious brain. (2010-10-28)

Checks and balances for medical practitioners?
A USC Marshall study finds video capture and other automated systems cut down medical errors and minimize the tendency to operate outside normal procedures. (2012-03-20)

Computer prescribing systems risk patient safety
Computer prescribing systems are putting patients at risk by failing to warn of potentially serious errors, according to research in this week's BMJ. (2004-05-13)

Annals of Internal Medicine, tip sheet, June 4, 2002
Topics included in this tip sheet include: New Annals series explores medical errors; first case study is (2002-06-03)

Caffeine reduces mistakes made by shift workers
Caffeine can help those working shifts or nights to make fewer errors, according to a new study by Cochrane researchers. The findings have implications for health workers and for any industry relying on shift or night work, such as transportation. (2010-05-11)

Study examines how doctors discuss medical errors
Most general practice doctors in teaching hospitals are willing to discuss their own patient care errors with colleagues, but about one in four do not. At the same time, nearly nine of 10 doctors said that if they wanted to talk about a mistake, they knew a colleague who would be a supportive listener. (2008-10-02)

Digital processing system avoids 17.4 million drug errors in US in 1 year
Processing a prescription through an electronic ordering system can halve the likelihood of a drug error, and avert more than 17 million such incidents in US hospitals in one year alone, indicates research published online in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. (2013-02-20)

In-house pharmacists can help GPs reduce prescribing errors by up to 50 percent
Medication errors are common in primary care but the number of mistakes could be reduced significantly if GPs introduced an in-house pharmacist-led intervention scheme. (2012-02-20)

Technology/equipment issues account for almost 1 in 4 operating room errors
Around a quarter of all operating room errors are caused by technology/equipment problems, indicates an analysis of the available evidence, published online in BMJ Quality & Safety. (2013-07-25)

People make irrational trust decisions precisely
Online health information is deemed doubly less trustworthy if the text includes both ''shouting'' and spelling errors together, according to a new study at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS). (2020-06-10)

Doctors should provide more information about medical errors
Researchers say that physicians often do not satisfy patients' needs when talking about a medical error. At the same time, physicians themselves often feel they have no place to turn with they themselves are distraught over their mistake. (2003-02-25)

Rutgers College of Nursing faculty member explores medication errors
Rutgers College of Nursing faculty member Linda Flynn is conducting a study to explore the effects of nurse staffing, work environment and safety technology on the frequency of nonintercepted medication errors in 17 New Jersey hospitals. (2007-08-14)

What impact do medication errors have on nursing home residents?
A new analysis points to surprisingly low rates of serious impacts from medication errors affecting nursing home residents, despite the fact that these errors remain fairly common. The investigators noted that it's unclear whether medication errors resulting in serious outcomes are truly infrequent or are under-reported due to the difficulty in ascertaining them. The findings are published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. (2016-11-21)

Preschoolers correct speaking mistakes even when talking to themselves
Private speech is a good thing for a child's cognitive development; however, it may be important that children monitor and repair errors in their speech, even when talking to themselves. Louis Manfra, assistant professor in the College of Human Environmental Sciences at the University of Missouri, found that children do, in fact, monitor their speech for errors, even without a listener. (2016-10-18)

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