Study Suggests Unsafe Practices Endanger Healthcare Workers and Employees

Study Suggests Unsafe Practices Endanger Healthcare Workers and Employees

Many healthcare workers could be contaminating themselves and the places in which they work by failing to use personal protective equipment (PPE) and to follow protocol to prevent infections, according to a study last month from the University of Utah and University of Michigan. Researchers performed 325 observations of healthcare workers over a year and watched employee behavior inside and outside the rooms of patients. Observations showed there were...
Giving Birth in the U.S. is More Dangerous Than in Other Countries

Giving Birth in the U.S. is More Dangerous Than in Other Countries

Technological advancements and the abilities of hospital facilities to protect mothers and their babies is considered a basic measurement of societal development. Women dying in childbirth seems like it should be a rare occurrence in a nation as developed and wealthy as the United States. However, American women are more than 3 times as likely as Canadian women to die from pregnancy and childbirth complications, and 6 times more...
When Intubation Goes Wrong

When Intubation Goes Wrong

When a patient has difficulty breathing or undergoes certain surgical procedures, they will be intubated. Intubation is when a tube is inserted into a patient’s airway. Often, the procedure is successful and there are no complications. However, in some cases, the intubation process comes with disastrous results for patients. Intubations can go wrong for several reasons, one of which is inexperience or negligence on the part of a medical...
When Surgeons Leave Something Behind

When Surgeons Leave Something Behind

You’ve probably heard the phrases “leaving something behind” or “putting yourself into your work,” right? These phrases suggest going the extra mile, and they’re something that many of us strive to do in our personal and professional lives. The phrase takes an odd twist, however, if you work in surgery and the thing you’re leaving behind is a surgical instrument inside your patient’s body. It sounds like something that...
When Pharmacies Make Mistakes

When Pharmacies Make Mistakes

Despite our wishing that medical professionals could be held to a zero-error standard, the reality is that everyone makes mistakes. Although pharmacies have procedures in place to reduce slip-ups, errors still occur – and some are deadly. The mounting demand for prescription drugs is outpacing the number of people choosing to become pharmacists, which often means that those in the field encounter lots of pressure to work as long...
Cancer Malpractice

Cancer Malpractice

One of the most dreaded words in the English language, “cancer” is the reason that more than half a million Americans lose their lives every year. Although the overall cancer death rate has continued to drop annually for the last decade, there is still progress to be made. For example, an estimated 1,685,210 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year. The National Cancer...