Practice Management News

Intervention by Pharmacists May Effectively Reduce Use of Inappropriate Medications in the Elderly

Intervention by Pharmacists May Effectively Reduce Use of Inappropriate Medications in the Elderly

An intervention by community pharmacists consisting of sending elderly patients educational information on deprescribing of inappropriate medications resulted in higher levels of discontinuation of inappropriate medications within 6 months compared with those in patients who received usual care.

AMA Code of Medical Ethics Guides Physicians in Fighting Harmful Online Health Information

AMA Code of Medical Ethics Guides Physicians in Fighting Harmful Online Health Information

Health information is widely available online, yet the quality of that information can be dubious at best.

Increased Nurse Workload Linked to Missed Care in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Increased Nurse Workload Linked to Missed Care in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Nurse staffing ratios and subjective workload were found to be directly associated with missed care in a NICU.

Legal Advisor

Could a Tragic Death Following Hospital Discharge Have Been Avoided?

Could a Tragic Death Following Hospital Discharge Have Been Avoided?

A recently discharge patient dies in a tragic fire, and the hospital and treating clinicians are subsequently named in a lawsuit.

Communicating Care via Fax: NP Faulted for Negligence

Use of a fax machine and lack of a timely response resulted in the demise of a patient and an accusation of gross negligence.

Is Clinician Testimony Allowable in a Sexual Assault Trial?

A nurse practitioner working in the safe child center of the outpatient pediatric wing of a regional hospital is called to testify in an abuse case.

Malpractice News

Malpractice News

Should a "do not resuscitate" tattoo on an unconscious patient be honored?

A patient presented with COPD, diabetes, and atrial fibrillation and was found to have a large tattoo across his chest reading, "DO NOT RESUSCITATE," followed by his signature.

California penalties on medical errors do not reduce errors

A program in California where hospitals are penalized for preventable medical errors has failed to reduce the number of errors.

New York's proposed "Lavern's Law" halted in state legislature

A law aimed at helping victims of medical malpractice did not pass the New York State Legislature.

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