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Arizona Patient Safety is a blog about hospital negligence, medical errors, and ways patient safety.. can be improved. It also informs the public on recalls and new medical studies.

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  • Preventing Retained Surgical Items
    on Nov 5, 2013
    The Joint Commission, which accredits and certifies more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, recently  issued a Sentinel Event Alert urging hospitals to look at ways to avoid mistankenly leaving items in a pa...
  • Playsets recalled
    on Nov 4, 2013
    Infinitoy Inc. is recalling the Super Safari Set model #30025 and the Deluxe Circus Train Set model #30040. The model number can be found on the back of the box in the lower right corner. The sets come in a white box with "Softimals. Build, Play, Rep...
  • Culture of Patient Safety
    on Oct 18, 2013
    Many hospitals have put in place patent safety programs in order to help reduce hospital-acquired infections, but further steps are necessary to prevent avoidable patient deaths. Taken from FierceHealthcare, below are five steps to create a culture o...
  • Hospital-acquired infections
    on Oct 18, 2013
    According to research published in JAMA Internal Medicine, hospital-acquired infections (HAI) cost approximately $9.8 billion per year, with surgical site infections alone accounting for one-third of those costs. The most expensive type of HAI are c...
  • Safe Patient
    on Oct 14, 2013
    As a patient, you're at a hospital to get better. However, medical mistakes can happen anytime and you are always at risk for getting an infection. Taken from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), below are 10 things you can do to be...
  • A life-saving app
    on Oct 11, 2013
    HealthTap, a health information start-up, recently heard from its 10,000th user, who said the site saved her life.   The user explained that her local doctor brushed her off and told her that what she was experiencing was nothing but anxie...
  • Flu season starts as CDC remains idle
    on Oct 11, 2013
    Because of the government shutdown, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) labs and surveillance programs are idle, causing outside experts to worry that important data is being lost in regards to the fall flu season.  According t...
  • Quality hospital care
    on Sep 26, 2013
    The following was taken from the Joint Commission on choosing quality care in a hospital. When you need care in a hospital, and it is not an emergency, you should take time to find out some information to help you choose the best hospital for you or...
  • Unreliable Hospitals
    on Sep 24, 2013
    The Joint Commission, which accredits and certifies more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, say that too many hospitals and health care leaders experience serious safety failures every day.Because of these failur...
  • Recalled Children's Book
    on Sep 24, 2013
    DETAILS: Children’s books titled ‘‘Count my Kisses, 1, 2, 3’’ and ‘‘Red, Green, Blue, I Love You.’’ The board-shaped children’s books have cut out covers that serve as a handle and include an embedded bar in the handle with beads...
  • Opioid Label Change
    on Sep 19, 2013
    According to an article published in MedPage Today, the FDA has ordered a class-wide label change for long-acting opioids. The opioids, such as OxyContin, would be limited to patients with only severe pain. With this move, the agency hopes it will he...
  • Nutrition in Schools
    on Sep 12, 2013
    According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), school districts across the country are making improvements in terms of nutrition and exercise.  For years, schools have been phasing out junk food like candy and chip...
  • Dangerous Doctors
    on Aug 27, 2013
    According to an article published in USA Today, the nation’s state medical boards continue to allow thousands of physicians to keep practicing medicine after findings of serious misconduct that can put patients at risk.  Many doctors have bee...
  • Improving Patient Safety in the OR
    on Aug 26, 2013
    According to a statement by the American Heart Association (AHA), hospitals can prevent medical errors during cardiac surgeries by training operating room staff on how to communicate with one another and work together as a team. Communication failur...
  • Toy Recall
    on Aug 25, 2013
    Details: Light-up toy frogs and ducks sold exclusively at Cost Plus World Market between July 2012 and December 2012. The frog comes in green and the ducks come in yellow, pink, and clear. There is a round tag attached to the product with the UPC num...
  • Minimizing errors at the pharmacy
    on Aug 7, 2013
    Prescription errors happen more than you might think. Medical providers are constantly multi-tasking, which can easily cause a medical mistake in terms of your prescription.   When you are prescribed any kind of medication, be sure to ask w...
  • Tired Surgeons
    on Aug 2, 2013
    While there are no regulations on how many operations an orthopedic surgeon can perform per day, multiple studies have shown that a tired surgeon may put patients at risk. According to an article published in the Poughkeepsie Journal, surgeons were...
  • Hot Summer Temperatures
    on Jul 31, 2013
    With hot summer temperatures around the country, being outside can place the body under excessive stress. According to an article published in The New York Times, one common response to the heat is fainting, also called heat syncope. Fainting usuall...
  • Skin Safety Tips
    on Jul 30, 2013
    According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer has become the most common form of cancer in the United States. If you’re going to be in the sun, be sure to generously apply a broad-spectrum, water resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or hi...
  • Alarm Management
    on Jul 22, 2013
    The Joint Commission, which accredits and certifies more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, has issued a National Patient Safety Goal on Alarm Management in hopes of improving the safety of clinical alarm systems...