Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have come up with a frightening statistic: An estimated 4,044 surgical “never events” occur in the United States each year.
A “never event” is the term used by the researchers to describe errors for which there is universal professional agreement that they should never happen in an operating room. These include a surgeon operating on the wrong side of a patient’s body, leaving foreign objects inside the patient after the surgery or performing the wrong operation.
IRCM researchers were the first to conduct a trial comparing a new dual-hormone “artificial pancreas” with conventional diabetes treatment using an insulin pump. The results showed improved glucose levels and lower risks of hypoglycemia.
With the use of the artificial pancreas, glucose control improved by 15 percent, there was an 8-fold reduction in the overall risk of hypoglycemia, and there was a 20-fold reduction of the risk of nocturnal hypoglycemia.
Nearly forty percent of hospital-based general practitioners who are responsible for overseeing patients’ care say they juggle unsafe patient workloads at least once a week, according to a study published Monday as a research letter in JAMA Internal Medicine.