• Mississippi hospital patient shot, suspect dies by suicide: Police

    Police are investigating a possible murder-suicide attempt at Jackson, Miss.-based Baptist Memorial Hospital that left one person dead and another critically injured, ABC affiliate WAPT reported Sep. 5.
  • Physicians urge caution over 'Barbie Botox' trend

    Plastic surgeons and cosmetic dermatologists are reporting an uptick in patients requesting "Barbie Botox" or "trap tox" — a cosmetic procedure that has gained traction on social media this summer, The Wall Street Journal reported Aug. 29.
  • 14 Iowa home health agencies cited for patient violations

    Fourteen home-health agencies have been cited for violations, including four agencies run by the county health departments, the Iowa Capital Dispatch reported Sept. 4.
  • Maine hospital refutes safety claims by former employee's son

    Bangor-based Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical is refuting patient safety claims made by a 15-year-old and his mother, once a physician at the facility, and has put the mother on notice for defamation.
  • Patient found dead in Montefiore clinic stairwell

    A 57-year-old woman died Aug. 16 in a stairwell at New York City-based Montefiore's Family Health Center and wasn't found until Aug. 21 after someone reported a "foul odor," according to a Politico report. 
  • 1 in 5 women report mistreatment during maternity care: CDC

    Twenty percent of women reported experiencing mistreatment during pregnancy and delivery care, a new CDC report found.
  • Virtual MDRs reduce length of stay by 60%, study finds

    Bedside meetings with a patient's full care team are necessary for continuity of care, safety and outcomes. Though these meetings usually take place in person, evidence shows that virtual multidisciplinary rounds can reduce a patient's length of stay by up to 60 percent, according to new research published in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.
  • Older patients discharged after COVID-19 infections face increased risks

    A post-discharge risk for older adults with COVID-19 infections has been identified in a new study from Harvard Medical School, according to an Aug. 17 news release.
  • Maryland system's new partnership to improve outcomes for emergency trauma patients

    Every passing minute matters for patients in need of emergency blood transfusions and now Maryland's first responders in partnership with the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore will carry whole blood on board for air-lifted patients, according to an Aug. 22 news release. 
  • Patient dies after falling from moving ambulance: Police

    A 70-year-old man died Aug. 15 after exiting a moving ambulance on a Florida interstate, according to local authorities.
  • Calls grow for national patient safety board: 3 leaders weigh in

    Increasing adverse events, hospital-associated infections, and other harm to patients have compounded and now fuel the call for the formation of a national patient safety board. But, with so many established health entities already within the government, will adding one create more complexities than it will oversight?
  • UChicago Medicine boosts security after 3 employees injured amid ED fight

    UChicago Medicine is boosting police and security worker presence in the emergency department after several employees were injured amid a fight that broke out Aug. 13, according to the Chicago Tribune.
  • CDC reports 2nd death in tuberculosis outbreak from medical products

    Two people have contracted tuberculosis and died following an outbreak related to contaminated human bone tissue products used in hospitals, surgical centers and dental clinics, according to the CDC. 
  • NYU Langone physicians see success with transplantation of pig kidney in human body

    The scramble to find kidneys for transplants or the long waits on a list amid a usable organ shortage could come to an end in the future. The use of gene-edited pig kidneys could vastly increase supply and help meet life-saving demand for patients, Robert Montgomery, MD, PhD, the director of the NYU Langone Transplant Institute explained during an Aug. 16 press conference. 
  • Cleveland Clinic stroke therapy trial yields positive results

    Researchers at Cleveland Clinic led a first-of-its-kind trial using a therapy for stroke patients called deep brain stimulation that showed safe and effective results, according to an Aug. 14 news release. 
  • Joint Commission: How to protect patients after a cyberattack

    The amount of cyberattacks in healthcare is growing, and hospitals should be ramping up their protection efforts, according to The Joint Commission. 
  • 'Blue legs': Another potential long COVID-19 symptom

    Pooling of blood in the legs causing them to turn a bluish color is the latest symptom researchers have linked to long COVID-19, according to a researcher at the University of Leeds in the U.K.
  • California hospital fined $75K over teen's death

    State officials have fined Vista del Mar Hospital in Ventura, Calif., $75,000 for care deficiencies tied to a teenage patient's death, the Ventura County Star reported Aug. 11. 
  • Person shoots self in leg at Connecticut hospital: Police

    An individual suffered a nonfatal self-inflicted firearm injury at Bridgeport (Conn.) Hospital on Aug. 10, according to local authorities. 
  • 15% of Grady's ED patients have substance use disorders

    Physicians at Atlanta-based Grady Memorial Hospital say 15 percent of patients seen in its emergency department have at least one substance use disorder, WABE reported Aug. 10. 

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