Medications

The boy who cried wolf: Drug alerts in the ER

To prevent a single adverse drug event, one commercial electronic health record opioid warning system fired off 123 unnecessary and clinically inconsequential alerts, according to the results of a new study published online ...

Other

Enhancing medication safety with computerized alerts

Medication errors are responsible for a large number of adverse drug events in patients each year, and the use of medication-related abbreviations accounts for nearly five percent of these errors. Strategies to reduce the ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Electronic alert cuts proportion of IV proton pump inhibitors

(HealthDay)—An electronic alert triggered on order of intravenous (IV) proton pump inhibitors (PPI) can decrease the proportion of IV PPIs ordered, according to a research letter published online Jan. 19 in JAMA Internal ...

Medical research

Alerting stem cells to hurry up and heal

Accelerated healing isn't just for superheroes. A new study in Cell Reports suggests a way that mere mortals can potentially speed their recovery from a wide variety of injuries.

Health

Does raising the terrorism alert level cause undue stress?

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s color-coded system for warning the public of the risk of a terrorist attack does not appear to cause undue stress among law enforcement officers, according to a study by researchers ...

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