Latest Error Stories

2011-10-05 15:13:13

"Too busy," and "too complicated." These are the typical excuses one might expect when medical professionals are asked why they fail to use online error-reporting systems designed to improve patient safety and the quality of care. But Johns Hopkins investigators found instead that the most common reason among radiation oncologists was fear of getting into trouble and embarrassment. Investigators e-mailed an anonymous survey to physicians, nurses, radiation physicists and other radiation...

2011-09-22 21:19:25

Breast imaging reports generated using an automatic speech recognition system are nearly six times more likely to contain major errors than those generated with conventional dictation transcription, a new study in Canada shows. The study reviewed 615 reports of complex cases discussed on multidisciplinary team rounds: 308 reports generated with automatic speech recognition (the radiologist dictates the report and software immediately transcribes the report on a computer screen) and 307...

2011-08-02 05:04:00

NEW YORK, Aug. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Few Americans have both the financial wherewithal and scheduling flexibility to take a vacation anywhere in the world on a whim, but that makes it no less fun to think about. When American adults were asked where they would choose, if they could spend a vacation in any country in the world outside of the U.S. and not have to worry about cost, the country named most often--for the second year in a row--was Italy. In fact, Italy has been a top pick...

2011-06-21 05:04:00

NEW YORK, June 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Immigration has long been a hotly debated and divisive political issue. A recent Harris Poll sheds light on a new twist in the old debate--the question of "maternity tourism", or birthing trips where pregnant foreigners travel to the U.S. to give birth, making any child born an automatic U.S. citizen. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100517/NY06256LOGO ) These are some of the results of The Harris Poll of 2,184 adults surveyed online...

2011-06-06 05:04:00

NEW YORK, June 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Americans continue to describe the economy as bad and their reported action regarding larger purchases and non-essential spending supports this perspective. A recent Harris Poll on planned spending and saving shows that little has changed for Americans since January when these questions were last asked, and, in many cases not much has changed since late 2009, at the height of the financial crisis. (Logo:...

Word of the Day
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'