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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...

2013-08-08 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...

2013-07-26 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...

2013-07-16 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...


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