Patient Safety

TMA Statement: Enough Is Enough - 09/03/2021

The Texas Medical Association is shocked the U.S. Supreme Court so far has not stopped the provisions of Senate Bill 8 that create a scheme of deputizing private citizens to carry out what the state itself cannot do, due to U.S. constitutional restrictions. Meanwhile, Senate Bill 4 is on its way to Gov. Greg Abbott with language that criminalizes the practice of medicine. Enough is enough. Read the full statement.


The Risk of Speaking Up - 02/04/2019

Whistleblowing may be ethical, but physician protections for it could stand to improve.


Surgeries in Mexico Linked to Antibiotic-Resistant Infections - 01/15/2019

Several Americans have developed antibiotic-resistant infections after undergoing invasive medical procedures in Mexico, health officials warned recently.


Government Mandate to Doctors Could Harm Some Patients - 11/10/2016

The federal government currently requires physicians to perform a medical procedure on patients to help them, but the procedure can instead cause serious harm to some, so Texas physicians are fighting to get the government to rescind the directive. If the doctors don’t follow orders, they and the hospital where the care takes place risk a poor grade.


Texas Physicians Debate Complementary and Alternative Medicine Therapies' Role in Health Care - 10/25/2016

Texas physicians have varying opinions about CAM therapies to treat a patient’s collective mind, body, and spirit. While some embrace various CAM treatments in their practice, others are cautious and avoid them. But wherever physicians stand on CAM, all agree on the need to place patient safety first, according to Texas Medicine , the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) monthly magazine. That means staying informed on the latest CAM therapies to answer patient questions, and verifying that any alternative therapies patients are taking will not conflict with conventional medicine.


Talk So Others Will Listen - 06/23/2016

Let’s say you need to confront a colleague about his or her performance at work. But you dread the conversation you know you need to have. Here is one key to getting the other person to listen to what you have to say.


Texas Doctors: Protect Patients by Creating EHR Oversight - 06/10/2016

Texas’ physician representatives to the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates governing body will ask AMA to beef up oversight of electronic health records (EHRs), with the ultimate goal of improving patient safety. The delegation will urge passage of a resolution urging AMA to work with Congress to create a National Health Information Technology (IT) Safety Center to reduce EHR-related patient safety risks.


Putting Patients First - 06/10/2010

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