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COVID-19 patients who received hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine, had worse outcomes


No improvement in death rate for COVID-19 patients who received hydroxychloroquine. eurekalert.org. May 22, 2020. In an observational analysis of almost 100,000 hospitalized COVID-19 patients of whom nearly 15,000 received hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine, patients had worse outcomes and heightened risk of ventricular arrythmias. A research team led by investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital has […]

Role of vitamin D in suppressing cytokine storm and associated mortality in COVID-19 patients

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Vitamin D levels appear to play role in COVID-19 mortality rates.  sciencedaily.com. May 7, 2020. Patients with severe deficiency are twice as likely to experience major complications. Summary: Researchers analyzed patient data from 10 countries. The team found a correlation between low vitamin D levels and hyperactive immune systems. Vitamin D strengths innate immunity and […]

Changing dosing instructions from teaspoon to milliliter could reduce the risk of dosage errors


Stop spoon dosing.eurekalert.org. January 21, 2016. Changing dosing instructions from teaspoon to milliliter could reduce the risk of dosage errors by 50 percent. You grab for the cough syrup for some relief from that nasty lingering cold, what do you measure the dose with? Many of us use teaspoons or table spoons to measure out […]

Acetaminophen was the most common medication error for infants in US


Acetaminophen Tops List of Accidental Infant Poisonings. nlm.nih.gov. January 13, 2016. Other common dangers included cough/cold meds, ibuprofen and diaper rash creams, data shows.  Infants are just as susceptible to accidental poisonings as older children are, especially when it comes to medication errors, new research reports. A decade of poison control center calls in the […]

Medication errors seen in half of 277 operations; 80 percent of the mistakes were preventable, Study


Medication errors found in 1 out of 2 surgeries. By Sue McGreevey. news.harvard.edu. October 25, 2015. Adverse drug events included in the study of 277 operations at MGH. The first study to measure the incidence of medication errors and adverse drug events during the perioperative period — immediately before, during and right after a surgical […]

WHO: the role of pharmacovigilance in reporting and learning systems for medication errors


Reporting and learning systems for medication errors:the role of pharmacovigilance centres.who.int. October 2014. This publication is intended to strengthen the capacity of national pharmacovigilance centres (PVCs) to identify, analyse and issue guidance to prevent or minimize medication errors (MEs) that harm patients. In addition it is intended to stimulate cooperation between national PVCs and patient […]

A child receives the wrong medication or the wrong dosage every eight minutes in the United States


Medication Errors Occur Every 8 Minutes in U.S. Children. nlm.nih.gov. October 20, 2014. Study finds that liquid drugs are the most commonly misused at home. A child receives the wrong medication or the wrong dosage every eight minutes in the United States, according to a recent study. Nearly 700,000 children under 6 years old experienced […]

Unit of measurement used and parent medication dosing errors, study


Teaspoons Or Tablespoons? The Dangers Of Parents Medicating Their Kids Without The Metric System. By Chris Weller.medicaldaily.com.  July 15, 2014. Gerald Ford had gotten his way maybe this wouldn’t be happening. The American Academy of Pediatrics has just published a study that found 40 percent of parents incorrectly dosed their children’s medication, and researchers are […]


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