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  1. Content Article
    Key findings 76% of Americans surveyed said they have not had a positive patient experience in the past three months 60% of people surveyed said they have had a negative healthcare experience. 44% of people who report having a positive patient experience said they would tell someone about it, but 52% who have had bad experiences would do so. 40% of those surveyed rated the quality of healthcare in the United States as very good or good, down six percentage points since March 2022 and nearly 20 points from March 2020. 64% of those surveyed said their own healthca
  2. News Article
    When Kathleen Yaremchuk, Chair of the department of otorhinolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, began getting calls about mysterious cases of respiratory distress, she launched a study to figure out what was going on. All these patients, it turned out, had a small device implanted in the top of their spines to relieve pain. The object, used to hold a protein that stimulates bone growth, was cleared for sale by the Food and Drug Administration in 2003 without clinical testing in humans. When Yaremchuk and her colleagues reviewed the records of all 260
  3. News Article
    Attending physicians and advanced practice clinicians in US emergency departments are more concerned about medical errors resulting in patient harm than in malpractice litigation, according to a study published JAMA Network Open. The findings are based on an online survey of 1,222 ED clinicians across acute care hospitals in Massachusetts from January to September 2020. Respondents used a Likert scale of 1 (strongly disagree) to 6 (strongly agree) to indicate their degree of agreement with statements on how fearful they are of making a mistake that leads to a patient harm in their day-to-
  4. News Article
    Patients in Oklahoma, USA, who get their prescription medications by mail may soon have better protections for the safety of those drugs than any other state. On Wednesday, Oklahoma regulators proposed the nation’s first detailed rule to control temperatures during shipping, according to pharmacy experts. “This is a huge step,” said Marty Hendrick, executive director of the Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy, after the board voted to approve the rule Wednesday. “We’ve got a tremendous amount of prescriptions that get mailed to patients. … What we did today was make sure our patients in Okl
  5. News Article
    At a time when it feels like the world’s perpetually on fire, we all need a therapist – but trying to find one in the USA is difficult. A study from the American Psychological Association (APA) found that 6 in 10 psychologists “no longer have openings for new patients” in America. The shortage comes as demand for therapy soars: since the beginning of the pandemic, about three-quarters of practitioners have seen their waiting lists expand. In the same period, almost 80% of practitioners report an increase in patients with anxiety disorders and 66% have seen an increase in those needing tre
  6. News Article
    Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra startled a recent meeting of senior health system leaders by declaring in opening remarks that a plane crash had just killed all 200 passengers. He immediately added that this hadn’t really happened; he’d said it only to illustrate the toll taken by medical error. The 14 November meeting at which Becerra spoke signalled a renewed commitment by HHS to preventing patient harm as it launched an “Action Alliance to Advance Patient Safety.” The Alliance aims to recruit the nation’s largest health systems as participants. “We’re losi
  7. News Article
    A US Senate investigation into allegations that unwanted medical procedures were performed on detained female immigrants in Georgia has uncovered “a catastrophic failure by the federal government” to protect the detainees. A Senate hearing on Tuesday by the bipartisan permanent subcommittee on investigations (PSI), chaired by the Georgia senator Jon Ossoff, announced its findings on conditions and practices at the Irwin county detention center (ICDC). The ICDC, located in Ocilla, Georgia, housed detainees who shared accounts of poor treatment including gynaecological procedures that
  8. News Article
    Poison control centres in the USA have seen an increase in reports of children ingesting a type of prescription cough medicine, a study published by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)found. From 2010 through 2018, reports of paediatric poisonings involving the drug, benzonatate, increased each year, the study found. Benzonatate, sold under the brand name Tessalon, is prescribed to treat coughs caused by colds or the flu. It is not approved for children younger than 10 years old. The findings, published in the journal Pediatrics, were based on more than 4,600 cases reported to poi
  9. News Article
    A nurse in the USA who called emergency services in response to staffing issues at Silverdale, Washington-based St. Michael Medical Center spoke out about her decision and the events leading up to the call. Kelsay Irby has been an emergency department charge nurse at the hospital for less than a year. On the 8 October, the night Ms Irby called emergency services for help, the ED was operating at less than 50% of its ideal staffing grid. Among the nearly 50 people in the hospital's waiting room were patients with cardiac or respiratory issues and children with high fevers — "all patients t
  10. News Article
    Thirty-three provider groups in the USA penned a joint letter to President Joe Biden this week warning of “gridlocked” hospital emergency departments that are threatening patients’ lives and the well-being of shorthanded healthcare workers. “In recent months, hospital emergency departments (EDs) have been brought to a breaking point. Not from a novel problem—rather, from a decades-long, unresolved problem known as patient ‘boarding,’ where admitted patients are held in the ED when there are no inpatient beds available,” provider associations including the American College of Emergency Phy