A new study finds that 71% of reusable medical scopes deemed ready for use on patients tested positive for bacteria at three major U.S. hospitals.
Dr. Nicole Rochester recalls the hurdles she faced while acting as a primary caregiver for her father. She found doctors failed to communicate both with each other and with her family. Rochester's story is part of the series, "No One Is Free From Harm."
Only one of New York City's 11 graded hospitals received an "A" in the Leapfrog Group's Hospital Safety Grade report. Three of Los Angeles' 12 hospitals and six of Chicago's 18 hospitals scored top marks.
Home health agencies are treating sicker patients, yet they lack some of the basic tools needed to prevent infections.
Doctors say a rare procedure that reuses transplanted kidneys has the potential to provide such organs to hundreds of individuals each year, but others doubt its overall impact to significantly address the ever-increasing demand for kidney donations.
A broad range of researchers studied data on 333 diseases and injuries and 84 risk factors and found that while the U.S. saw improvement in outcomes between 1990 and 2016, there's still wide state-level variation.
The seemingly innocuous rubber duckies that delight tots at bath time could harbor a nasty surprise: bad bacteria.
When Patricia Morrill's mother, Clara, was 81, she underwent total knee replacement surgery that lead to months of complications. As part of the series "No One Is Free From Harm," Morrill tells her mother's story, and why she now believes Clara should never have had the surgery.
U.S. health officials are placing new restrictions on a permanent contraceptive implant that has been subject to reports of painful complications from thousands of women. But the metal implant called Essure will remain on the market.
Starting this week, healthcare facilities in California must have comprehensive plans in place to protect clinicians from workplace violence.
The American Dental Association announced a new policy Monday that "essentially says eliminate opioids from your arsenal if at all possible," said Dr. Joseph Crowley, the group's president. The Chicago-based group represents around 161,000 dentists.
Since the landmark report To Err is Human shook up the industry in 1999, healthcare has been on a bumpy road to improving quality and safety.