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FRI, SEP 14, 2012

Self-Reporting the Next Frontier in Patient Safety

Earlier this year, a report released by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) discovered that 86% of adverse events go unreported in hospitals across the country. This was discovered as a result of events being reported on Medicare claims but not reported in the hospital’s incident reporting systems. A... Read More

FRI, AUG 10, 2012

New anesthesia drugs in pipeline show promise of fewer side effects

Researchers are developing new anesthetic agents with important advantages over current drugs, according to a July 31st article in Science Daily. These developments could ultimately lead to better, safer anesthetics that will improve patient care. In a study published in the August 2012 issue of Anesthesia and Analgesia, the journal of... Read More

THU, AUG 2, 2012

Academic Anesthesia Departments Suffer Inadequate Staffing and Support

According to an article from Anesthesia News, numerous academic hospital anesthesia departments are reporting an insufficient level of technician and transport support. With the volume of complex surgical cases increasing, along with off-site procedures and advancements in technology, there is an additional pressure on the healthcare system to provide expert... Read More

MON, JUL 30, 2012

OIG reports that Hospital Adverse Events Are Not Being Reported to State Systems

A report just released by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General (OIG), reveals that while 60% of adverse and temporary harm events to Medicare patients occur at hospitals in states with event reporting systems, only 12% actually met the requirements for reporting and only... Read More

WED, JUL 18, 2012

Impact of Health Care Reform in the OR

When Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010, it mandated that adults not covered by an employer or government-sponsored insurance plan be required to obtain health insurance or face a tax penalty. The law came under severe fire and became one of the most politicized debates... Read More