Health and Medicine

Part 2 of 2
2:07 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

"Situation Room" for Patient Safety

Credit UVA Medical Center

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.
 

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Part 1 of 2
6:47 am
Mon June 2, 2014

"Room of Errors" Saves Lives

Credit www.ipe.virginia.edu

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.”  

  

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Shortage of Medical Personnel
10:01 am
Thu May 29, 2014

VA Gives Students an Incentive to Become Healthcare Providers

Credit www.vtc.vt.edu

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. 

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Science & Technology
9:42 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Chicken Ears: How Poultry Could Help Restore Hearing Loss in Humans

Credit www.offthegridnews.com

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.  

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The Doctor Crisis
9:04 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Yes Virginia, There is a Shortage of Doctors!

Credit dartmed.dartmouth.edu

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.  

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