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1/10/03

HealthWise at 5 From 1.10

  • Preventing Medical Mix Ups

Each year thousands of patients in hospitals and medical centers are given the wrong medication treatment or even tragically have the wrong surgical procedure performed on them. That's why the Joint Commission on accreditation of healthcare organizations is announcing its 2003 national patient safety goals. It's an effort to reduce the number of potentially life-threatening medical mistakes by focusing priorities in hospitals.

"We know certain basic ways to prevent medical mistakes. We now need to focus on making sure that healthcare organizations are taking these preventative steps," says Dennis O'Leary, M.D., President of the Joint Commission.

"One operation on one wrong patient or one wrong body part is one too many. We are using the joint commission's recommendations for pre-operative verification process as well as marking the surgical site," says Jann Mark, Chief Nursing Officer of Hinsdale Hospital in Hinsdale, Illinois.

The 2003 National Patient Safety goals include:

  • Making sure it's the right patient before giving medications or starting surgery.
  • Reading back medical orders given over the telephone.
  • Improve the safety of medications that can do the most harm.
  • Eliminate wrong-site, wrong procedure, and wrong patient surgery.

This month more than 17,000 joint commission accredited healthcare organizations will be evaluated for compliance with the recommendations or implementation of acceptable alternatives.

  • Hip Hugger Hindrances

Before you put on those low-cut hip-huggers. You may want to hear what a canadian doctor has to say. Dr. Malvinder Parmar of Timmins, Ontario warns that the popular women's jeans can squeeze a sensory nerve under the hipbone and cause a tingling or burning sensation in the thighs called Paresthesia. Parmar has treated the condition and says it's not life-threatening but wants to raise public awareness about the low-rise jeans, which typically hang from the hips instead of the waist. More information on this study can be found in the "Canadian Medical Association Journal," or you can ( click here ).

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