Demand for Restructured Electronic Health Records

When electronic health records (EHRs) were first introduced to the medical industry, the hope was that they would decrease physicians’ workloads and improve the quality of patient care. However, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have found that EHRs are not being used to their full potential. In fact, their study shows » Read More

Health Risks Associated with Incorrect Dosing of Common Medication

Physicians must consider a wide range of information when prescribing medication. They must weigh the benefits of the drug with the potential side effects, as well as any risk factors that the patient might have. The physician must then determine the exact dosage amount that will be both effective and safe. Researchers from Stanford University » Read More

Doctor Turns to YouTube to Learn Surgical Procedure  

After suffering an allergic reaction that caused his tongue and throat to swell, a South Carolina man went to the Union Medical Center. His condition worsened, and he eventually had trouble breathing. The doctor performed a cricothyrotomy to help the patient breathe, but the patient went into cardiac arrest during the procedure and suffered fatal » Read More

Surgical Checklists Prevent Medical Errors

Could something as simple as a checklist help prevent healthcare professionals from making serious medical errors? Unfortunately, medical errors happen more frequently than you might think, and some can lead to serious health complications and fatalities. More hospitals across the country are implementing the use of checklists, particularly in operating rooms, as an effective way » Read More