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Latest Medical error Stories

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...

2013-07-26 13:34:49

But preoperative surgical checklists can halve error rate, shows analysis of published research Around a quarter of all operating room errors are caused by technology/equipment problems, indicates an analysis of the available evidence, published online in BMJ Quality & Safety. Inability to use the technology/equipment, lack of availability, and faulty devices/machines made up the bulk of the problems, the analysis indicates. The researchers methodically searched for published...

2013-07-18 16:26:18

Technology Offers a Solution TUCSON, Ariz., July 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. (Ventana), a member of the Roche Group, announced a groundbreaking study in the Journal of Histotechnology that indicates there is a real risk that errors can be made in the processing of patient biopsy tissue in anatomic pathology labs around the world. The Journal reports on the startling outcome of the Stainer Bath Cross Contamination Challenge (SBCCC), developed by Ventana...

2013-07-16 10:47:01

Use of electronic health records can reduce the costs of outpatient care by roughly 3 percent, compared to relying on traditional paper records. That's according to a new study from the University of Michigan that examined more than four years of healthcare cost data in nine communities. The "outpatient care" category in the study included the costs of doctor's visits as well as services typically ordered during those visits in laboratory, pharmacy and radiology. The study is...

2013-07-12 23:04:09

People who endure operations that were not needed might be entitled to compensation in a medical malpractice lawsuit, says the founder of Ginarte O’Dwyer Gonzalez Gallardo & Winograd, a personal injury law firm with offices in New York and New Jersey. Newark, N.J. (PRWEB) July 12, 2013 With recent news reports indicating that tens of thousands of people undergo unnecessary medical procedures each year, malpractice lawyer Joseph A. Ginarte said today that in many instances this...

2013-07-11 08:28:56

Healthcare Industry Leaders Join Forces to Deliver Omnicell's Anesthesia Workstation G4 with Codonics Safe Label System MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Omnicell, Inc. (NASDAQ: OMCL), a leading provider of medication and supply management solutions and analytics software for healthcare providers, today announced its partnership with Codonics, a global leader in patient safety and image documentation solutions. Omnicell will resell Codonics Safe Label System SLS...

2013-07-09 16:07:09

If all medical errors were counted together as a single cause, they would likely rank as the third leading cause of death in the United States. As health care personnel race to improve the quality of their care to save lives and prevent unneeded harm, a new study indicates there is more they can do to learn about what errors are occurring and why. Researchers from the Drexel University School of Public Health demonstrated a systematic analysis of hospital administrative data for patient...

2013-06-27 23:45:02

Pacific Hospital Long Beach, an accredited teaching hospital, is speaking out on the importance of proper communication during a hospital stay. Long Beach, CA (PRWEB) June 26, 2013 The team at Pacific Hospital Long Beach is lending its support to a new article that details the importance of proper communication during a hospital stay. Failure to properly communicate during a hospitalization can bring about less effective treatment, as well as patient frustration. For this reason, patients...