FDA Steps Up Infusion Pump Enforcement
FALLS CHURCH – Today’s top headlines in healthcare and patient safety for Monday, April 26, compiled by the library research department of Noblis Health Innovation:
- F.D.A. steps up oversight of infusion pumps: Infusion pumps, used to deliver medicines into a patient’s body, have been linked to 710 deaths in five years.
- Obama taps Army surgeon to head DOD health office: President Obama has nominated Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Jonathan Woodson to the position of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs.
- In Army’s trauma care units, feeling warehoused: Warrior Transition Units were intended to be sheltering way stations where injured soldiers could recuperate. But the units are far from being restful sanctuaries.
- Health care cost increase is projected for new law: A government analysis of the new health care law says it will not slow the overall growth of health spending because the expansion of insurance and services to 34 million people will offset cost reductions in Medicare and other programs.
- H1N1 vaccine study assessing first hints of possible effects: Federal health officials are investigating the first hints of any possible significant complications from the H1N1 vaccine, but stressed that the concerns will probably turn out to be a false alarm.
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