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Lab creates 3-D printed nasal swabs during emergency shortage

The University of South Florida (USF) Health, Formlabs, a leading 3-D printing company, and Northwell Health, New York's largest healthcare provider, have announced they have successfully produced and tested a 3-D printed ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

New COVID-19 guidelines disrupt infertility care

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in people putting so many aspects of their lives—from planned vacations to birthday parties to weddings—on hold.

Psychology & Psychiatry

Do ER caregivers' on-the-job emotions affect patient care?

Doctors and nurses in emergency departments at four academic centers and four community hospitals in the Northeast reported a wide range of emotions triggered by patients, hospital resources and societal factors, according ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Understanding infection risks in patients with myasthenia gravis

Myasthenia gravis (MG) is a serious autoimmune neuromuscular disease. Immunosuppression or immunomodulating therapies are used to treat patients with MG but have the potential to suppress or alter the immune system, with ...

Medical research

A new way to monitor cancer radiation therapy doses

More than half of all cancer patients undergo radiation therapy and the dose is critical. Too much and the surrounding tissue gets damaged, too little and the cancer cells survive. Subhadeep Dutta and Karthik Pushpavanam, ...

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Patient safety

Patient safety is a new healthcare discipline that emphasizes the reporting, analysis, and prevention of medical error that often lead to adverse healthcare events. The frequency and magnitude of avoidable adverse patient events was not well known until the 1990s, when multiple countries reported staggering numbers of patients harmed and killed by medical errors. Recognizing that healthcare errors impact 1 in every 10 patients around the world, the World Health Organization calls patient safety an endemic concern. Indeed, patient safety has emerged as a distinct healthcare discipline supported by an immature yet developing scientific framework. There is a significant transdisciplinary body of theoretical and research literature that informs the science of patient safety. The resulting patient safety knowledge continually informs improvement efforts such as: applying lessons learned from business and industry, adopting innovative technologies, educating providers and consumers, enhancing error reporting systems, and developing new economic incentives. This patient safety page provides an evidence-based and peer-reviewed forum to learn about contemporary error and adverse event knowledge.

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