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The Tragic Toll of Opioid Abuse in America [INFOGRAPHIC]

January 27, 2020

In 2017, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services declared a public health emergency to address the opioid crisis.1 But while increased awareness and better prescribing practices have helped—overall prescribing rates peaked in 2012 and have declined each year since to a 12-year low in 2017.3—there is still cause for concern. In 2017, more than 47,000 Americans died of an opioid overdose and an estimated 1.7 million suffered from substance use disorders related to prescription opioids.2

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Filed under: Infographic, Patient Safety & Quality of Care

Can Curatives Kill? Reducing the Risk of Medication Error

January 26, 2018

Adverse Drug Events and Medication Errors

An adverse drug event (ADE) is defined as “harm experienced by a patient by exposure to a medication.”1 The Institute of Medicine says an ADE is “an injury resulting from drug‐related medical interventions.”2 Like any adverse event, occurrence of an ADE does not necessarily indicate an error or poor quality care. However, adverse drug events account for nearly 700,000 emergency department visits and 120,000 hospitalizations annually.1

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Filed under: Prescribing & Medication, Article, Practice Manager, Physician, Medication Errors, Patient Safety & Quality of Care

Improper Informed Consent Leads to Allegation of Negligent Supervision

July 5, 2017

In this interaction, the involved physicians avoided disclosing important information to the patient during the informed consent process. An informed consent exchange that is not truthful and complete violates standards of medical ethics.

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Filed under: Patient Relationship, Medical Ethics, Informed Consent, Case Study, Physician, Patient Safety & Quality of Care
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