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Overweight people prone to receiving substandard medical care

Researchers have discovered that overweight people sometimes experience negative outcomes when they seek medical care. Prejudice against heavy people, known as fat shaming in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, leads physicians to attribute some symptoms to weight instead of investigating other possible medical reasons. One of the psychology professors who reviewed research on the subject went so far as to call the unfair treatment malpractice.

Program lowers medication errors

Pennsylvania patients might benefit from a medication safety program that lowers the occurrence of mistakes in the administration of medicine. The program, which was implemented at Boston Children's Hospital to assess and react to medication errors, produced substantial improvements. Researchers at the hospital examined drug administration errors that occurred from 2008 through 2016. The data was retrieved from manually reviewing charts and from compulsory error reports that were included in anesthesia records. The medication errors were categorized by their severity, type and the frequency by which they occurred. Also examined by the research term were the reasons the errors occurred. They then created a tailored program to reduce the errors.

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