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March 2014 Archives

Hospital infection rate may be decreasing

Health officials released a statement this week saying that the number of hospital infections acquired by American patients has decreased significantly over the past ten years. Hospitals and nursing homes have been under pressure from health officials to work on better hygiene practices and other measures that prevent infections.

Doctors, hospital held accountable for little girl's brain injury

A newborn baby's brain is especially fragile, and oxygen deprivation, otherwise known as hypoxia, is unfortunately a common cause of brain damage among infants. Doctors and nurses are supposed to be on alert with regard to potential oxygen deprivation, which can lead to lifelong conditions such as cerebral palsy.

Pharmacy mixup puts boy's life in danger

A 5-year-old boy had to fight for his life after a local pharmacy mixed up his prescription with one for an adult patient with the same name. Instead of providing a medication for allergies the boy was given a strong anti-psychotic drug with dosing instructions for an adult. His parents became concerned after he took the first dose and slept for two full days. When he woke up his parents called the paramedics to treat a swollen neck. Later he fainted and his parents brought him to the hospital where the mistake was eventually detected.

Health officials make new recommendations on antibiotic use

At some point in their lives, most New Jersey residents have probably been in a situation where they have needed to take an antibiotic. Antibiotics can be very effective in treating illnesses caused by harmful bacteria and as a result they are prescribed frequently by doctors and hospitals. In fact, about half of patients who are hospitalized are given an antibiotic during their stay. While this might seem beneficial on the surface because these drugs can help stop infections, the Centers for Disease Control are urging hospitals to cut back on antibiotics because of the many ramifications of overuse of this type of drug.

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