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Medication Errors: New Research Raises Concerns

While medical mistakes are nothing new, a recent study reached some alarming conclusions about how doctors and hospital employees respond to them when they occur. Research from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that hospitals only notify affected patients in two percent of cases.

Defective Medical Devices: Medtronic Drug Infusion Pumps Recalled

Medtronic has, yet again, recalled some of its devices. This time, the devices are drug infusion pumps whose motors can stall and fail to deliver medications to patients. Due to the defective devices, patients have experienced a return of their symptoms and even death.

Reckless Drug Prescriptions in Los Angeles, Part 3

Last week, we covered a new report from the Los Angeles Times that raises big questions with area doctors' new approach to prescription drugs. According to the Times' research, many doctors have moved away from reserving narcotics for the most extreme cases - these potentially addictive and deadly substances are now among the most popular drug products.

Reckless Drug Prescriptions in Los Angeles, Part 2

Our last post introduced new groundbreaking investigative journalism from the Los Angeles Times. In its study out this week, the Times pointed to two problems in the Los Angeles area that are driving a deadly trend towards prescription drug overdoses.

Reckless Drug Prescriptions in Los Angeles, Part 1

In a new investigative report, the Los Angeles Times says that prescription drug overdoses are a big problem in California. Its research showed that 47 percent of the Los Angeles area's 3,733 narcotics-related deaths between 2006 and 2011 involved prescriptions.

With Improved Hospital Technology, Plenty Of New Risks, Part 2

Last week, we posted the beginning of the Emergency Care Research Institute's (ECRI) list of the 10 most dangerous technology-related hazards in American hospitals. This post presents the rest of those risks, picking up with the fourth concern.

With Improved Hospital Technology, Plenty Of New Risks, Part 1

While technological advances have touched all aspects of human life, the impact has been particularly profound in the world of healthcare. Improved devices and procedures have dramatically extended life spans and made it much safer to seek treatment at hospitals in California and around the United States.

Medical Malpractice: Government Program Looks For Patient Input

Medical mistakes occur with frightening frequency in the United States. A new government pilot program is exploring a different angle to help improve healthcare by harnessing patient perspectives and reports. If this program is successful, it might be a big step towards reducing common medical malpractice scenarios liked missed diagnoses and treatment errors.

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