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November 2012 Archives

New York auditors reveal prescription errors and abuse

The New York State Comptroller's Office recently sent auditors to review and examine records for prescriptions dispensed in the state. The auditors looked at over 22 million prescriptions and unfortunately discovered medication errors on a substantial number of those prescriptions, roughly 1.5 percent of the review amount.

New York nursing home under investigation after Sandy

The recent hurricane that hit New York and other parts of the East Coast left widespread devastation. Many residents were able to evacuate and avoid the storm but some senior citizens living in nursing homes were not as lucky. One nursing home facility is now under investigation by the State Health Department for failing to provide even basic care to its residents during the storm.

Undiagnosed high blood pressure can have long-term impact

Medical research today places a lot of focus on heart disease, namely how to prevent heart disease. Many studies show that the answer isn't in drug or supplements and this news can be disappointing for doctors and patients alike. But New Yorkers should take heed of a study that shows how a doctor's failure to diagnose may be part of the problem.

New York woman injured during surgical fire

The scene is disturbing. A woman in New York endured a burn on her side after catching on fire in no other place but in the middle of surgery. An antiseptic applied to the woman's skin caused her seven-inch burn. The antiseptic was alcohol-based and started on fired by another medical device.

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