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A Dysfunctional Side of Medicine

submitted by: admin on 06/20/2018
Over the past decade there has been a 10 fold increase of the number of retractions and only a 44% increase in journal articles. Some retractions are from errors but many are from misconduct. At the heart of the problem is an economic incentive that fuels a hypercompetitive environment that fosters misconduct, sensationalism, and attempting to publish in high...

Adverse Drug Reactions in Hospitalized Patients are Commonplace

submitted by: admin on 05/08/2015
There are more than 100,000 deaths from the expected side effects of pharmaceutical drugs and more than 2 million events requiring hospitalization. Mistakes in administering drugs in the hospital are now commonplace. We have problem!          

Anonymity Increases Medical Error Reports

submitted by: admin on 11/24/2019
Flagging medical errors and emphasizing lack of punishment by maintaining anonymity leads to more reporting of errors. There are 100,000 deaths from medical errors annually according to the Institute of Medicine (IOM). A study published in the November 21 issue of Pediatrics showed that reports increased from 13 over 2.5 years to 216. However, none of the reports...

Are MDs Sleep Deprived?

submitted by: admin on 11/24/2019
We all know that doctors in training are sleep deprived. Recent data shows that a lot of practicing MDs are also sleep deprived. Lack of sleep leads to medical errors and patient suffering and mortality. MDs in training are abused because of the fraternal nature of medical training and also because it saves millions of dollars for training programs to work MDs...

Defensive Practice in the Emergency Room

submitted by: admin on 04/22/2024
ER physicians are at particular risk for law suits and they tend to over-test people to protect them from making diagnostic errors; they don't know these patients. As a result this drives up the cost for health care.    

Drug Saftey in the Elderly

submitted by: admin on 09/20/2013
Our elderly population is overmedicated and following directions for their use is a big issue. Poor detoxification with aging complicates this further. Hospitalized patients are even more challenged by an avalanche of drugs and their interactions.

MD Medical Errors

submitted by: admin on 04/22/2024

Medical Errors are Inevitable

submitted by: admin on 10/11/2013
Medical errors are inevitable.            

Medical Residency Training Reform

submitted by: admin on 10/11/2013
Medical experts are calling for resident working hour restrictions to prevent medical errors from medical resident fatigue and lack of supervision. They called for sweeping changes in the design, supervision and financing of US hospital residency programs to protect both patients and medical residents in training from serious, preventable medical errors, and...

Medication Errors in the Elderly

submitted by: admin on 10/11/2013
Many elderly patients are vulnerable to serious medication errors. Elderly patients take 4-6 medications on a daily basis. The interreactions are unknown and side effects are expected, especially when taken in combination.

Mistakes are Common in US Hospitals

submitted by: admin on 10/11/2013
About one in three people in the US will encounter some kind of medical mistake during a hospitalization. The number of mistakes has been seriously underestimated as new studies show that there are about 10 times more errors than previously believed. We cannot depend on health care practitioners to admit their errors unless there's no other option. A tool...

Patient Errors in Taking Medications

submitted by: admin on 04/22/2024
The majority of patients coming home from the hospital know little about the medications they are taking or why. This leads to confusion and errors that can have serious consequences. Methods to prevent this are presented.

Patients Rarely Told of Medication Errors in the Hospital

submitted by: admin on 10/12/2013
  According to an article in the January 2013 issue of Critical Care Medicine, patients and their families are rarely told when there is a medication error in the hospital. Eight hundred and forty thousand voluntarily reported medication errors from 537 US hospitals over 6 years were evaluated. You can just imagine how many errors there were that went...

Prescriptions for Health Radio Show: April 22, 2011

submitted by: admin on 04/22/2024
April 22, 2011 Dr. Len and Nurse Vicki explore the following topics: Hospital errors Preventive drugs Indictment of Glaxo attorney Flu vaccine development Can antidepressants cause breast and ovarian cancer? Fish oil for depression The role of spirit in treating asthma Probiotics for urinary tract infections Probiotics for respiratory illness in male...

Reporting Medication Errors

submitted by: admin on 04/22/2024
Doctors generally don't report medication errors because there's so much fear when a mistake is made. Practicing medicine is very difficult and doctors need to be fully engaged with their patients, rather than detached and scientific. MDs have their own lives that are filled with challenges and this takes away from giving their full attention; errors are more...

Tired Medical Residents Make More Errors

submitted by: admin on 10/17/2013
A study on surgeons in training working hours and errors was published in Archives of Surgery in May of 2012 showing that sleep-deprived surgical residents had a 22% greater risk of causing medical errors than rested residents. Their average number of sleep hours was 5.5 but it ranged from 2.8 to 7.8 hours. They determined that these residents were only functioning...

US MDs Suffering from Burnout

submitted by: admin on 10/17/2013
  A survey of more than 7000 MDs that was published in the August 2012 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine showed that nearly 50% were suffering from burnout. Thirty eight percent had high emotional exhaustion, 29% felt depersonalized, and 12% had a low sense of accomplishment. MDs at the front line of care were at the greatest risk. They work too...

What Does Your Doctor Worry About?

submitted by: admin on 01/20/2015
An article published in WebMd in December of 2014 interviewed 21,000 MDs to see what they worried about in making decisions about patient care. Issues included assisted suicide, abortion, patient confidentiality, medical mistakes, financial matters, sexual relationships, reporting incompetent doctors, and using placebos.  Dr. Len and Nurse Vicki discuss...

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