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Hospitals can make much more money when surgery goes wrong and leads to complications that need correcting. And that presents a problem for patients. The financial incentives do not favor better care. The current payment system rewards hospitals for bad care … Continue reading
Hoping to decrease the risk of medical error, hospitals and physicians’ offices have invested heavily to place iPads, iPhones and other electronic devices into the hands of medical staff for instant access to patient data, drug information and case studies. … Continue reading
Preventable medical errors kill and seriously injure hundreds of thousands Americans every year. Any discussion of medical negligence that does not involve preventable medical errors ignores this fundamental problem. Reducing medical errors is the best way to address all problems … Continue reading
Hospitals nationwide are currently implementing medical error apology programs. Healthcare group advocates are proactively pushing these programs to encourage doctors and their insurers to openly disclose medical negligence errors along with physician apology for personal injury and proactive voluntary offering … Continue reading
A hospital emergency room is an area where medical errors are common and often overlooked. Because of the increasing patient load and the need to triage patients by order of medical urgency, many things often go clinically wrong in an … Continue reading
A Sentinel Event is defined by The Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) as an unexpected occurrence involving death or serious physical or psychological injury, or the risk thereof. Serious personal injury specifically includes loss of limb or function. … Continue reading
Hand-washing is widely recognized as the single most effective hospital practice to prevent nosocomial infections. The most common way infections are spread by hospital staff is cross-contamination –omission of washing hands between patients. Studies support doctors are the biggest offenders … Continue reading
The Leapfrog Group, the nation’s leading non-profit promoting transparency and patient safety in hospitals, released its first-ever alarming report highlighting the country’s best hospitals and warning against the worst. The report is a bold step forward to educate consumers by … Continue reading
State law usually enacts mandatory reporting systems. These systems are put in place to make sure that certain medical and surgical errors are properly reported. Most mandates require reporting of specific errors like adverse events causing patients harm or unanticipated outcomes. … Continue reading