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Unsafe Medical Care Accounts For 43 Million Injuries Annually
2013-09-19 11:32:22

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While modern medical care can easily be credited with saving countless lives, over 43 million people worldwide are injured annually due to unsafe medical care, resulting in the loss of almost 23 million years of "healthy" life – according to a new study in BMJ Quality and Safety. The new report was written by a team that included researchers from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) in...

2013-09-14 23:04:41

Sexner and Associates secures a 3 million dollar settlement for a client in an medical malpractice lawsuit. 23 years experience have made our firm one of the most knowledgeable Illinois law firms that handle medical malpractice cases. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) September 13, 2013 In a recent medical malpractice case handled by one of the experienced attorneys affiliated with Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC, the hospital agreed to settle all legal claims against their insured medical...

2013-09-12 08:30:43

Ponemon report concludes consumers unaware of life-threatening dangers; Medical Identity Fraud Alliance launched to mobilize healthcare industry and empower consumers TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. and WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Medical identity theft is a national healthcare issue with life-threatening and hefty financial consequences. According to the 2013 Survey on Medical Identity Theft conducted by Ponemon Institute, medical identity theft and "family fraud" are on the rise; with...

2013-09-11 23:27:22

Communication errors are the most common cause of medical errors and adverse events in the ER. To help combat this problem, LifeWings has joined the Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Foundation (EMPSF) Safer Sign Out protocol to help reduce risk in the emergency departments across the country - http://www.saferpatients.com. (PRWEB) September 11, 2013 Experts say the most risky time for patients in the ER is when physicians transfer care of patients from one doctor to another....

2013-09-05 08:25:45

The data analysis gives Pennsylvania healthcare facilities information they can use to avoid these types of errors when using EHRs HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Over 300 events related to EHR software defaults analyzed by the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority gives Pennsylvania healthcare facilities information they can use to avoid EHR events such as wrong-time and wrong-dose errors. The information was published in the September issue of the Pennsylvania...

2013-08-19 15:28:40

While more patients in the U.S. are suffering from complications such as blood clots and infections after major cancer surgery, fewer are dying from their operations. The finding, part of a first-of-its-kind study by researchers at Henry Ford Hospital and others in the U.S., Canada and Germany, could lead to recommended changes in national health care policy and a reallocation of resources. The study was published online in British Medical Journal Open. Jesse Sammon, D.O., Henry Ford...

2013-08-12 16:25:47

DANVILLE, Calif., Aug. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Bob Pack today wrote Dr. Paul Phinney, head of the California Medical Association, with hard words over Phinney's refusal to acknowledge his family's suffering and that of other medical negligence victims in his public response to Pack's ballot measure, "The Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act." Pack wrote that public statements about the initiative by Phinney and the medical association he heads are insensitive and...

2013-08-08 23:19:18

An attorney with The Cagle Law Firm cites a new report showing that the chaos and indifference caused by frequent alarms from monitors and other devices in hospitals often lead to medical errors that can cause injuries or even death. St. Louis, Mo. (PRWEB) August 08, 2013 Walk through a hallway in a hospital and you’ll hear it, the constant beeping of medical alarms and machines. Medical personnel can get so accustomed to the racket that they ignore actual emergencies with potentially...

2013-08-05 12:28:12

As hospitals focus on profits, patients are being put at risk because they are sharing their nurse with too many other patients, resulting in costly complications and readmissions CANTON, Mass., Aug. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to deteriorating patient care conditions in the state's acute care hospitals, the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United (MNA/NNU) announced today that it is filing a ballot initiative, the Patient Safety Act, that would...

2013-07-31 08:25:42

Ratings Analyze Length of Hospital Stays and Mortality Rates; Includes Ratings for Five Common Surgery Types YONKERS, N.Y., July 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the first time, Consumer Reports has rated U.S. hospitals on how patients fare during and after surgery. The Ratings include an overall surgery Rating, which combines results for 27 categories of scheduled surgeries, as well as individual Ratings for five specific procedure types: back surgery, hip replacement, knee...