Patient Safety

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.

Module 1: Patient Safety Resources - 08/09/2017

The following websites address multiple aspects of patient safety and medical errors and provide many safe practice recommendations.

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.

Meningitis Outbreak: Be Suspicious - 06/17/2016

A multi-state fungal meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated methylprednisolone means Texas physicians should be highly suspicious if a patient has an adverse reaction to an injection of the drug, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) advises. At least 12 people have died thus far, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports.

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.

Taking Control - 06/02/2016

The Texas Medical Association Council on Health Care Quality, with support from the Texas Medical Liability Trust, has developed the "Personal Emergency and Medication Record," a standardized, paper-based form a physician office can use to help patients track their medicines and record their primary care and emergency contacts in one place. Physicians can keep a record on file, patients can fold it up to fit in their wallet, and parents can give it to their children's schools.

A Lost Art - 06/02/2016

Cesarean births can be lifesaving for a mother and her baby during a difficult delivery. But new data indicate overuse of the procedure, often putting mothers at risk of excessive blood loss and long recovery times. Medical groups are now urging physicians to allow longer labor times to cut down on the country's high cesarean section rate and to improve patient safety.

Conversation Counts - 05/25/2016

Informed consent is a hallmark of good old-fashioned patient care. But some Texas physicians and hospitals are finding ways to use the process as an opportunity to improve patient safety and patient-centered care. The Texas Medical Disclosure Panel — the state regulatory body overseeing informed consent for medical treatments — is taking steps to make state forms even more understandable for patients at a time when health literacy rates are low.

TMA: No Chiropractic Neurology - 05/21/2016

A state chiropractic board proposal to recognize a specialty it calls "chiropractic neurology" could deceive and harm patients, TMA warns in a letter to the board.

TMA Opposes New Chiropractic Board Rules - 05/21/2016

The Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE) is at it again. The board has lost numerous court battles with physicians over its attempts to expand chiropractors' scope of practice by passing a rule. This time, TBCE proposed a new definition of biomechanics, one of the keys to that profession's statutorily prescribed scope.

TMA Challenges Dentists' Sleep Apnea Rule - 05/21/2016

Dentists should not independently diagnose and treat sleep apnea because they are not trained to do so, TMA told officials of the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners.

Chiropractic Neurology Rules Scrapped - 05/20/2016

TMA's ongoing patient safety efforts paid off again Aug. 16 when the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners voted against adopting rules to recognize a specialty it called "chiropractic neurology" after hearing opposition from organized medicine and legislators.

New CME Course Examines Drug Overdoses - 05/13/2016

Prescriptive drug abuse is at epidemic levels in the United States, and opioids are the drugs patients use most often in unintentional deadly overdoses. How can physicians help stop these preventable deaths?

FDA Warns Against Using NuVision Pharmacy Sterile Products - 05/12/2016

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has safety concerns about sterile-use drug products made and distributed by Downing Labs LLC, doing business as NuVision Pharmacy, in Dallas.