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September 2015 Archives

Handbook teaches surgeons important non-technical skills

Many patients who undergo surgery in Connecticut are injured as a result of adverse events that could have been prevented. In fact, research indicates that adverse events affect around 12 percent of hospital patients. Some examples of adverse events that could negatively impact patient outcomes include medication errors, wrong site surgeries, preventable infections and objects being left in patients after surgery.

Busy pharmacists may make more medication errors

Connecticut residents may be unaware that hospital pharmacists might have a workload that leads to an increased incidence of errors. A new study shows that the highest risk of errors occurs when pharmacists must fill more than 400 orders in a shift and that the rate of error was 4.87 for every 100,000 orders that were verified. In addition to filling prescriptions, pharmacists are juggling other duties as well, including dealing with patients and insurers.

The importance of early prostate cancer diagnosis

Connecticut men who are over the age of 40 are advised to schedule a prostate cancer screening once a year. Prostate cancer is a very common cancer in all males, and it is especially common in black men. To raise awareness about prostate cancer, September has been designated as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

Checking for pneumonia

Connecticut residents who have pneumonia sometimes believe that they have an ordinary cold or a case of the flu. However, its effects can become worse the longer an individual suffers from the condition. To determine if someone has pneumonia, a doctor will ask a series of questions and run a series of tests. For instance, a doctor will ask a patient about his or her travel history as well as when symptoms first became apparent.

Study finds surgical performance unaffected by lack of sleep

In a study that may be of interest to Connecticut readers, researchers found that lack of sleep the night before does not have an effect on the performance of doctors performing elective surgery the next day. The study was published in The New England Journal of Medicine on Aug. 26.

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