Patient Safety

Educational Program Improves Opioid Use Safety, Storage, and Disposal

Educational Program Improves Opioid Use Safety, Storage, and Disposal

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This study assessed whether the implementation of a patient educational program would improve patterns in the use, storage, and disposal of opioids among cancer outpatients.

GERD Medications May Affect Absorption of Oral Chemotherapeutic Agents

GERD Medications May Affect Absorption of Oral Chemotherapeutic Agents

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What is the interaction between oral chemotherapy and GERD medicines?

Economic Burden of U.S. Opioid Epidemic is 78.5 Billion Dollars Annually

Economic Burden of U.S. Opioid Epidemic is 78.5 Billion Dollars Annually

Patient abuse of opioids costs the U.S. economy $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of health care, lost productivity, and treatment programs.

Nearly One-Third of Older Patients With Cancer Are Exposed to Severe Drug Interactions

Nearly One-Third of Older Patients With Cancer Are Exposed to Severe Drug Interactions

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Nearly one-third of older patients with cancer are exposed to severe drug interactions and potentially inappropriate medications.

Risks for Injuries Increase During Period Before and After a Cancer Diagnosis

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Patients with cancer experience higher risks for injuries — both unintentional and intentional — in the weeks before and after a diagnosis of cancer is made.

Bordetella Pertussis Infection in Patients With Cancer

Bordetella Pertussis Infection in Patients With Cancer

[Cancer Control] Two cases of Bordetella pertussis infection that led to pneumonia in patients with cancer are reviewed.

U.S. Medical Schools to Expand Training on Opioid Abuse

U.S. Medical Schools to Expand Training on Opioid Abuse

Health experts note that opioids are prescribed too often, possibly because of poor training, and U.S. medical schools are expanding training to address the issue.

Health Care Workers' Gloves Can Be a Contamination Risk

Health Care Workers' Gloves Can Be a Contamination Risk

Significant evidence indicates that gloves of health care workers contaminate hospital surfaces with bacteria.

Novel Drug Manufacturing Technique Removes Excess Additives, Reduces Serious Allergic Reactions

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A breakthrough technique in the manufacture of injectable drugs removed surfactants in an effort to reduce serious allergic reactions and other side effects, making injectable medicines safer.

Long-Acting Opioids May Increase All-Cause Mortality Risk

Long-Acting Opioids May Increase All-Cause Mortality Risk

Much of the risk related to long-acting opioids is tied to cardiovascular complications, not overdoses.

Access to Investigational Drugs (Fact Sheet)

Access to Investigational Drugs (Fact Sheet)

This fact sheet explains investigational drugs and the process by which cancer patients may obtain them.

CDC Introduces New 'Clean Hands Count' Campaign

CDC Introduces New 'Clean Hands Count' Campaign

Campaign urges health care professionals and patients and loved ones to keep hands clean.

Oral Chemotherapy Care Model Improves Safety, Quality Through Increased Collaboration

Oral Chemotherapy Care Model Improves Safety, Quality Through Increased Collaboration

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A nurse-facilitated oral chemotherapy care model has improved delivery times, patient satisfaction, and co-pay support at a Connecticut cancer hospital.

Formal Nursing Practice Promotes Patient Safety With Oral Chemotherapy

Formal Nursing Practice Promotes Patient Safety With Oral Chemotherapy

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A formal nursing practice was developed to promote patient safety and adherence with oral chemotherapy.

Risk-specific Prevention Strategies Effectively Reduce Falls on Malignant Hematology Unit

Risk-specific Prevention Strategies Effectively Reduce Falls on Malignant Hematology Unit

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High-risk medications can increase falls in patients undergoing treatment for malignant hematology, but implementing risk-specific fall prevention strategies can ameliorate the effects of the drugs.

FDA Wants Generic Opioids to Be More Abuse-Deterrent

FDA Wants Generic Opioids to Be More Abuse-Deterrent

In the latest step to combat the epidemic of opioid abuse, U.S. officials urge generic drug makers to make changes to opioids.

Clinicians Respond to New CDC Opioid Guidelines

Clinicians Respond to New CDC Opioid Guidelines

Mainly supportive of guidelines, but concerns include a lack of evidence underlying some new recommendations.

Study Raises Privacy Concerns for Health Care App Use

Study Raises Privacy Concerns for Health Care App Use

Many health care programs have no policies, and may share data with third parties, researchers say.

UV Light Robots Cut C. Difficile Transmissions by 25% on Cancer Patient Floors

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New research from infection control specialists found that UV robots helped reduce transmission rates of Clostridium difficile. The intervention also saved approximately $150,000 in annual direct medical costs.

Review examines strategies for hospital room surface cleanliness

Review examines strategies for hospital room surface cleanliness

Few previous studies have compared the effectiveness of disinfecting methods and monitoring strategies in health settings.

Single-stage breast reconstruction no riskier

Single-stage breast reconstruction no riskier

Single-stage implant procedures after mastectomy may be a good option for selected patients.

FDA and partners crack down on sale of illegal meds

FDA and partners crack down on sale of illegal meds

International effort takes aim at more than 1,050 websites that sell fraudulent medical devices or medications.

Medical identity theft is on the rise

Medical identity theft is on the rise

Increase of 21.7 percent in incidents was seen since last Ponemon Institute report; theft is costly to consumers.

Fee-for-service health care may lead to higher risks in robotic prostate surgery

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Hospitals may invest in expensive, robot-assisted surgical models for performing radical prostatectomies (RARPs), but patients may benefit more from an experienced surgeon performing traditional open surgery.

Purity of herbal supplements

Purity of herbal supplements

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The purity of herbal supplements has been questioned. How should one advise patients interested in using these products?

Using the Prescribing Information (PI) on drugs effectively

Using the Prescribing Information (PI) on drugs effectively

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How can clinicians be more informed about the carcinogenicity of drugs they prescribe?

Health record breaches up over the past decade

Health record breaches up over the past decade

Researchers call for enhanced security as more patient information is stored online.

Function of a micron filter

Function of a micron filter

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Why do some drugs need a micron filter and what is the affect of using one?

Older cancer patients often take inappropriate meds

Older cancer patients often take inappropriate meds

A pharmacist-led comprehensive medication assessment showed a high prevalence of polypharmacy and inappropriate medication use among older patients with cancer.

Intervention improves hand hygiene practice for nurses

Intervention improves hand hygiene practice for nurses

A multifaceted intervention was seen to increase hand hygiene compliance among emergency nurses and technicians, according to a study.

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