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Allan Krumholz, MD; December 2004
At a new patient visit, a man with seizure disorder requests a 'handicapped' license plate due to difficulty walking long distances. To his surprise, the physician explains that he needs to report his seizures to the DMV.
Wahlberg D. Wisconsin State Journal. July 22, 2006:A1.
This article reports on a federal warning issued to a hospital after a medication error led to the death of a 16-year-old girl.
Wahlberg D, Treleven E. Wisconsin State Journal. November 3, 2006:A1.
This article reports on criminal charges brought against a nurse after she committed a medication error.
Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; October 31, 2011.
This report outlines the complex nature of drug shortages and suggests strategies to augment the FDA's efforts to address them.
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Michigan Pharmacists Association.
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Vento S, Cainelli F, Vallone A. World J Clin Cases. 2018;6:406-409.
Malpractice concerns can influence treatment decisions as clinicians seek to avoid errors of omission. This commentary reviews factors that contribute to defensive medicine, underscores the role the blame culture has in perpetuating this behavior, and discusses the costs to patients, physicians, and health systems.
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Griffiths P, Maruotti A, Recio Saucedo A, et al; Missed Care Study Group. BMJ Qual Saf. 2018 Dec 4; [Epub ahead of print].
There is a clear link between nurse staffing ratios and patient safety. This study corroborates the finding that lower registered nurse staffing and higher numbers of patients admitted per nurse are associated with increased rates of in-hospital mortality. The results underscore the importance of adequate nursing to ensure safe acute care.