Product News and Recalls

Number of Patients Harmed by Contaminated Duodenoscopes Higher than Previously Thought

number of patients harmed by contaminated duodenoscopes higher than previously thoughtIt’s getting harder and harder to know just how much harm has been done in the U.S. and abroad by contaminated duodenoscopes. As more issues come to light about scope design and its impact on device cleaning and sterilization, the number of patients known to have suffered superbug infections from the devices continues to rise.

Now, thanks to a new report commissioned by a congressional investigation, we ...

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Frequent Use of Heartburn Medications May Lead to Kidney Damage

heartburn medications may cause kidney damageA new batch of research shows that frequent and long-term use of some of the most commonly used heartburn medications may, over time, lead to kidney damage.

Drugs like Prilosec OTC, Prevacid, and Nexium fall into a class known as PPIs, or proton-pump inhibitors. The drugs work by stifling the body’s ability to produce gastric acid; one of the key factors in experiencing frequent heartburn.

Most heartburn is treated over the ...

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Digital Drug Ordering Reduces Errors but Exposes Weaknesses in System

CPOE shows importance of accurate data entryGarbage in, garbage out. The old adage holds true in many aspects of our lives. And, as the healthcare system is learning, life in our data-driven society is placing crucial importance on the accuracy of the information being put into the nation’s electronic medical records systems.

According to a story published this month in USA Today, hospital errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. And, one ...

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Takata Airbags Continue Killing Drivers

17-year old killed by Takata airbagIt started out large enough to be noticed, but not so large that it could be considered unmanageable. What it became, however, was not only the largest recall in the history of the automotive industry, but the largest product recall in consumer history.

The first mention of the Takata airbag recall on this blog happened in a short post in August of 2014. Ten million vehicles; mostly Hondas, were recalled because ...

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Have Diabetes? You Might Want to Consider Pumping Iron.

weight lifting linked to diabetes controlDiabetics have long-since known that managing their health and well-being is a critical part of the overall management of their disease. Maintaining proper dietary intakes, monitoring insulin and sugar levels, and exercising have been staples of diabetic treatment for a long time.

Interestingly, weight training was never an obvious or well-known part of that regimen. Common medical thinking was that while exercise was beneficial, lifting weights provided little to no benefit. That ...

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PA Woman Wins Battle in Fight for Her Own Medical Records

pennsylvania woman fights for access to medical recordsTake a quick scan through the headlines and a story about a patient gaining access to their own medical records may not exactly strike you as newsworthy. However, many are frequently shocked to discover just how difficult it can be to gain access to records that are essentially the stories of their very own medical histories.

Up until fairly recently, doctors and other medical professionals have had a number of ...

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