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January 2016 Archives

Duo aims to improve brain injury awareness in New Mexico

An educator at the New Mexico Brain Injury Resource Center and a brain injury survivor have teamed up to announce an art project aimed at increasing brain injury awareness. The Unmasking Brain Injury Project is also meant to provide a voice to those who may feel different because of their injuries.

Prescription medication errors

When New Mexico patients have a prescription for a medication that has been prescribed by a doctor, they will need to pick up the medication from a pharmacy. For a variety of reasons, errors can sometimes occur when the pharmacists fill the prescriptions. In some cases, patients appear to be understanding of the error itself but not the lack of response by the pharmacist.

Dangers with excessive cesarean delivery rate

A New Mexico mother might have a cesarean delivery for a variety of reasons, including having had a prior C-section, risks to the baby, pregnancy continuing beyond due date, or simple convenience. In some cases, a mother may have a say in the matter, but in other cases, a provider might require a C-section delivery because of risk factors. While such reasons may be legitimate, there is a concern that the rate of C-sections in the United States is too high.

Medication errors cause one-third of infant poisonings

New Mexico residents may be interested to learn about a study on reports of infant poisonings. Researchers on the study that was conducted by the U.S. Poison Control Center looked at data gathered by the National Poison Data System over a 10-year period.

Investigation prompts debate over infant heart surgery

Expectant parents in New Mexico and around the country may believe that the quality of medical care provided by hospitals is generally consistent, but an investigation by CNN has revealed wide discrepancies in the level of infant care in American medical facilities. The investigation was prompted by a series of deaths among infants who had undergone heart surgery at a Florida hospital, but medical professionals have since come forward to say that the problem is actually far more widespread.

Pittsburgh hospital sued by patient for negligence

New Mexico patients expecting to undergo transplant surgery or any other kind of medical procedure that may require hospitalization should be aware of a deadly mold infection outbreak at a Pittsburgh hospital in 2015. The mold outbreak caused the deaths of three transplant patients and serious life-threatening complications in a fourth due to fungal infections acquired as a result of suspected negligence by hospital staff following their procedures.

FDA issues warning over Noxafil dosing errors

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning to people in New Mexico and nationwide about the potential for dosing errors when switching between two different formulations of Merck's oral antifungal drug, Noxafil. The agency has received 11 reports of dosing errors involving the medication since 2013, when Merck put a delayed-release tablet on the market.

Combining surgical systems and teamwork changes improve safety

Patients who need surgery in New Mexico and throughout the United States can be made safer through methods that combine both a change in culture and a change in systems. What is probably the largest observational study that looked at surgical teams was conducted by researchers at Oxford University.

Doctors remain inconsistent about brain death guidelines

New Mexico residents may be surprised to find out that not all doctors see eye to eye on what constitutes brain death. A study published on Dec. 28 in the medical journal JAMA Neurology indicates that there is a lot of inconsistency when it comes to incorporating certain brain death guidelines in hospitals.

Home births versus hospital births

New Mexico residents may be interested in a recent Canadian study that compared planned home births with hospital births. For expectant mothers who have no risk factors or complications, having a baby at home can be safe and very beneficial. In fact, according to the study, well-planned home births led by experienced midwives were found to be about as safe as hospital births and had similar results. Additionally, planned home births with low-risk mothers resulted in fewer interventions such as cesarean deliveries and resuscitation of newborn babies, while the dangers for neonatal death, stillbirth or a severe injury to the baby were the same for both hospital and home deliveries.

Tips for administering medication correctly

There are several guidelines that nurses in New Mexico can use to avoid making medication errors. They should ensure that the right medication is given to the right patient at the right time, by the correct route and in the correct dosage. They should also verify these factors when a patient is transferred with medical reconciliation forms.