Monthly Archives: January 2011

Long nursing shifts could harm you in the hospital

Hospitals in which nurses work long hours have higher rates of patients deaths from pneumonia and acute myocardial infarction, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine conducted … Continue reading

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What are never events?

Ken Kizer, a physician and former chief operating officer of the National Quality Forum, coined the term “Never Events”. These are particularly shocking medical errors, like operating on the wrong patient, that should never happen. The NQF defined 27 such … Continue reading

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A Bad Day in the Life of an Oncology Nurse

For nurses on the oncology floor, a good day means lunch around lunchtime and perhaps even a walk to the Starbucks across the street. On a bad day, lunch becomes an if rather than a when, and there may not … Continue reading

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Sponge left behind

A New Orleans medical clinic is facing a medical malpractice lawsuit after a patient discovered a surgical sponge was left in his abdomen following a surgical procedure for rectal cancer. Tommie D. Ladner filed suit against Ochsner Clinic Foundation on … Continue reading

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Pain control clinic nurse practitioners sued

Four plaintiffs have filed a wrongful death and medical malpractice lawsuit against a Vancouver pain clinic, alleging it prescribed excessive amounts of drugs that caused multiple overdose deaths and addictions. The estates of Deborah E. Reid, who died of opiate … Continue reading

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