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Inspectors Find Continuing Safety Issues at Washington Mental Hospital

Inspectors who visited Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital found that safety problems that thrust the facility into the national spotlight after the escape of two dangerous patients a year ago persist, including neglected patients. And a survey of Western State …

Study Links Safe Patient Handling with Decline in Hospital Worker Injuries

Hospitals that implement safe patient handling and moving policies may find these practices associated with fewer injuries among healthcare workers, a small study suggests. Researchers analyzed data on 1,832 patient care providers at two U.S. hospitals – one that started …

Medical Errors Now Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.: Study

Medical errors in the U.S. account for more than 250,000 deaths per year, which makes them the third leading cause of death in the country, according to researcher at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Johns Hopkins patient safety …

Report Cites Failure to Prevent Unsafe Medical Devices That Spread Superbugs

America’s system for ensuring that medical devices are safe failed at every turn when dirty endoscopes began spreading deadly superbugs, according to a Senate investigation released today. The report, from Senator Patty Murray, a Washington Democrat, blames device manufacturers, hospitals, …

U.S. Hospitals Improve Patient Safety: Report

Fewer patients are dying from conditions acquired while staying in the nation’s hospitals, according to a new federal report. Statistics from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) show that an estimated 87,000 fewer patients died in hospitals and …

Concerns Over Patient Safety a Top Concern for Hospital Leaders, Risk Managers: Study

The lack of teamwork combined with a negative culture and poor communication in hospitals today presents a barrier when it comes to patient safety in the future, according to a new survey. The survey results revealed a tension between what …

U.S. Hospital Safety Plan Could Save Lives, Dollars: Officials

A hospital patient care and safety initiative aimed at preventing medical errors and hospital-acquired infections could save thousands of lives and billions of dollars, U.S. government and industry officials said on Tuesday. The goal is to cut preventable hospital-acquired conditions …