Category: Medical Errors

Study Finds U.S. Hospitals Are not Following Policies Proven to Prevent Life-Threatening Infections – A Call to Action

A study by the Columbia University School of Nursing found that while most hospitals have evidence-based policies on file for the control and prevention of health care-associated infections (“HAIs”), clinician…

Confirmed Patient-to-Patient Transmission of Hepatitis C in Canada during Endoscopy, 2014

September 20, 2014 —  The Brant News (Canada) reported on January 23, 2014, that human error is likely to blame for at least one instance of hepatitis C infection following…

Lessons Taught by a Recent “Superbug” Outbreak: Could ‘Ex Post Facto’ Notification be Warranted?

April 21, 2014 — Advocate Lutheran General Hospital (Park Ridge, IL) in 2013 linked multiple patient infections and colonizations of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or “CRE,” to contaminated gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopes. This…