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Variation of EHR error rates

Texas residents who are concerned about the accuracy of their health records may be interested to know that the results of a recent study indicated that the error rates for EHR vary significantly among different systems. The results of the study, which were released in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, also indicate that the providers in the different health IT systems take varying amounts of time to complete EHR tasks.

IV drug shortages can lead to medication errors

Medication errors may cause serious injuries or fatalities, making it important for doctors and pharmacists to be careful with prescription and intravenous drugs. Intravenous drug shortages are one problem that can lead to medication errors. When a Texas pharmacy's supply of IV drugs runs low, it may lead the pharmacy to use high-risk compounding to make the drugs used in anesthesia.

Pharmacists can help diabetes patients with counseling

Texas residents who have diabetes rely not only on doctors but on pharmacists as well. About one-third of diabetes patients use insulin and may require counseling on how to correctly administer it. A new article that serves as a primer for pharmacists covers current diabetes treatment options and suggests ways that pharmacists and pharmacy technicians can offer counseling and increase patient safety.

Avoiding medical errors with new technology

In 2016, researchers at Johns Hopkins University published a study estimating that more than a quarter of a million people die annually from medication errors in Texas and the rest of the U.S. Many of these errors are evident from the patient records themselves, which is why advances in record-keeping technology may help reduce the number of mistakes. Better technology can also simplify the process of determining liability in malpractice cases.

Diagnostic procedure for multiple sclerosis under revision

Texas patients who are seeking a diagnosis for an unknown illness or condition may be interested to learn that the McDonald Criteria for diagnosing multiple sclerosis was revised. The revisions could help speed up the diagnostic process while reducing the potential for a misdiagnosis.

Study shows how drug histories are best left to pharmacists

A study led by Cedars-Sinai, a nonprofit medical center, shows that errors in drug and medication orders can be reduced by over 80 percent if pharmacy professionals take patients' drug histories in emergency departments. This is a significant find because in Texas and elsewhere in the U.S., drug histories are often taken by doctors and nurses.

Opioid and anticoagulant use can be vulnerable to error

Some of the most popular classes of drugs prescribed to Texas patients can also be some of those most frequently involved in liability claims related to medication errors or dangerous prescription combinations. Opioid painkillers and anticoagulants, which discourage blood clots, are the two drug types most frequently involved in claims related to medication.

Medication errors and excessive dosages

Some medications have a variety of different dosages. Because these dosages often vary by a factor of 10, mix-ups in the prescribing and dispensing of the medications is not uncommon. However, if Texas patients are given doses that are too high due to a mix-up, they can be seriously harmed.

Sherman pain doctor’s license suspended after deaths, indictment

Medical malpractice is defined essentially as causing harm to a patient by failing, negligently or intentionally, to perform medical services to the generally accepted standard of care. When we talk about malpractice, we usually do so in the context of a civil lawsuit brought by the patient or surviving family members.

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