The University of Virginia Medical Center admits more than 28,000 patients a year and does nearly 54,000 outpatient surgeries.
When you’re dealing with so many sick people, things are bound to occasionally go wrong, but the federal government ranks UVA below the national average in five of thirteen categories linked to patient safety. That one man is leading the charge to eliminate medical mistakes at UVA, and he’s set up a war room to do the job.
Modern medicine can be complicated - relying on high-tech procedures and multiple medications, so it’s no surprise that medical mistakes occur. One study estimates they lead to 400,000 preventable deaths a year and ten times as many serious injuries. To attack that problem, the University of Virginia Medical Center has launched a pilot program called “The Room of Errors.”
With the shortage of healthcare providers in Virginia the Department of Health has four programs to incentivize students and providers to not only stay in Virginia but to work in underserved regions of the state.
Chickens are a blessing for humanity -- from the eggs they deliver to our breakfast table to the main course they become at dinner. Now, there’s another reason to love these versatile birds. Scientists at the University of Virginia say they may teach us how to restore lost hearing in humans.
The warning that America is running short on health care providers has been getting louder as current providers age and retire, and baby boomers age into higher consumption of health care. Virginia has more than 16-thousand physicians yet the Health Resources and Services Administration says the state needs 123 more.