• Patient safety events more than tripled across Maryland hospitals in 3 years

    State data showed patient safety events in Maryland's 62 hospitals more than tripled between 2019 and 2022, reaching the highest level recorded since 2004, The Washington Post reported Sept. 24.
  • UMMC team performs world's 2nd transplant of genetically modified pig heart

    A team at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore has successfully completed a transplant of a genetically modified pig heart into a human patient with end-stage cardiovascular disease.
  • Man captured after escaping Massachusetts hospital: Police

    A Massachusetts man escaped from UMass Memorial-Marlborough Hospital on Sept. 23, and authorities captured him less than 24 hours later, The Boston Globe reported. 
  • CMS cites 2 California hospitals over medication errors

    CMS cited two California hospitals with immediate jeopardy after medication errors that caused patient deaths and lifted the warnings in May following corrective plans, the Los Angeles Times reported Sept. 25.
  • A summer of hospital escapes

    If you feel like you've seen an uptick in hospital escapes in the past two months, you're not alone. Becker's has reported on at least five instances in which individuals in custody have evaded authorities and escaped from hospitals since early August. 
  • UNC researchers test new technique for combating patient loneliness

    Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are testing whether social media can be used to improve cancer patient well-being and reduce loneliness.
  • CMS accuses Oregon hospital of not responding fast enough to patient escape incident

    CMS accused Salem-based Oregon State Hospital administrators of failing to take immediate action after a patient who was awaiting felony charges escaped using a hospital van, The Lund Report reported Sept. 20.
  • New York hospital used unapproved product in surgeries before FDA warning: NYT

    NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center used a fluid, known as BioBurst, created from umbilical cord blood in spine surgeries, but the fluid had not been approved for this purpose by the FDA, according to a Sept. 20 report from The New York Times. 
  • Viewpoint: The risks of patient codes of conduct

    More hospitals are turning to patient codes of conducts to protect healthcare workers amid a rise in rude and violent behavior. However, banning patients — especially those with behavioral health needs — who don't exhibit physical threats can pose a care quality concern, Lisa Morrise wrote in a Sept. 12 blog post for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. 
  • Patient assaulted Rhode Island nurse over phone privileges: Police

    Police said the patient who allegedly put a Rhode Island nurse in the hospital attacked him over phone privileges, ABC affiliate WPRI reported Sept. 18.
  • Infant's body found in New Mexico hospital bathroom

    Police are investigating the death of an infant who was found dead in a patient's room at Covenant Health Hobbs (N.M.) Hospital.
  • Nuvance leader named risk management professional of year

    The American Society for Health Care Risk Management has named Tracy Melina, a leader at Danbury, Conn.-based Nuvance Health, the 2023 Risk Management Professional of the Year.
  • NYU Langone physicians evaluate pig kidney transplant, 2 months in

    Physicians at NYU Langone performed the transplant of a genetically modified pig kidney into a decedent organ recipient in July and now, 61 days later, have completed what is said to be the "longest-documented case of a genetically engineered pig kidney functioning in a human body," according to a Sept. 14 news release.
  • Donated organs likely caused Legionnaires' disease in recipients: CDC

    Two organ recipients contracted Legionnaires' disease after receiving organs from a single donor who died drowning in a fresh body of water, according to a Sept. 15 CDC report. The incident raises concerns and new considerations for clinicians to take into account.
  • $30K reward offered for DC hospital escapee

    Authorities are offering $30,000 for information leading to the arrest of Christopher Haynes, a homicide suspect who escaped custody at George Washington University Hospital on Sept. 6, according to ABC News.
  • Patient who rappelled down side of hospital arrested

    A man who escaped a New York City hospital by rappelling out of the fifth-story window with bed sheets has been arrested again, CBS News reported Sept. 12.
  • Hospital leader survives Moroccan earthquake

    Meghan Huffman, senior director of digital health at Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Novant Health, survived the Sept. 8 Moroccan earthquake that has killed at least 2,500 people, the Charlotte Observer reported.
  • Patient dies by suicide in New Jersey hospital

    A patient shot and killed himself inside Inspira Medical Center in Vineland, N.J., on Sept. 9 in an incident that prompted lockdown of the hospital, according to the Courier Post. 
  • Safety and on-site hospital leadership: A complex balance

    The COVID-19 pandemic forced healthcare organizations to think differently about the workplace. Hospital and health system employees, particularly certain non-clinical staff, started working remotely when the crisis struck. 
  • Leapfrog Group reacts to presidential patient safety recommendations

    The national organization behind the annual hospital safety grade rankings Leapfrog Group, is praising the new patient safety recommendations published Sept. 7 by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

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