Latest Medical error Stories

2013-04-23 22:20:25

Time with patients seems 'squeezed out' of training, investigator says Medical interns spend just 12 percent of their time examining and talking with patients, and more than 40 percent of their time behind a computer, according to a new Johns Hopkins study that closely followed first-year residents at Baltimore's two large academic medical centers. Indeed, the study found, interns spent nearly as much time walking (7 percent) as they did caring for patients at the bedside. Compared with...

2013-04-23 10:14:15

In reviewing 25 years of U.S. malpractice claim payouts, Johns Hopkins researchers found that diagnostic errors – not surgical mistakes or medication overdoses – accounted for the largest fraction of claims, the most severe patient harm, and the highest total of penalty payouts. Diagnosis-related payments amounted to $38.8 billion between 1986 and 2010, they found. "This is more evidence that diagnostic errors could easily be the biggest patient safety and medical malpractice...

2013-04-14 23:00:14

Captain Stephen Harden, Chairman and CEO of LifeWings Partners LLC, former TOPGUN fighter pilot and airline captain, and featured speaker at the Surgical Information Systems National Conference, will share how aviation uses technology to avoid fatal mistakes. (PRWEB) April 14, 2013 Preventable medical errors account for more deaths each year than breast cancer, automobile accidents, or drownings.Estimates are that 100,000 patients in the U.S. die each year from medical mistakes. The...

2013-04-12 23:02:42

Educational program for health professionals to focus on care transitions and mitigating patient safety risks. Boston, MA (PRWEB) April 12, 2013 Getting out of the hospital sounds like a good thing, but in fact, it´s actually a vulnerable time for many patients. Breakdowns in communication between inpatient and ambulatory health care providers or facilities are more likely to occur during these transitions in care, potentially resulting in medical errors, safety lapses, or lack of...

2013-04-12 23:01:03

Captain Steve Montague, Vice President of LifeWings Partners LLC, will be a featured speaker at the 2013 Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality Summit. Captain Montague's presentation will focus on the importance of organizational culture in providing safe, quality patient care to decrease medical errors in our healthcare system across the nation. Collierville, TN (PRWEB) April 12, 2013 Captain Steve Montague, Vice President of LifeWings Partners LLC, will be a featured speaker at...

2013-03-27 23:00:25

The Tennessee Center for Patient Safety will be partnering with the Tennessee based LifeWings patient safety training company to improve patient safety standards across the state. The aim of this project will be to advance the adoption of TeamSTEPPS, a patient safety program built on the best practices from aviation to improve the reliability, safety and quality of care and save lives in Tennessee hospitals. http://www.saferpatients.com Collierville, Tennessee (PRWEB) March 27, 2013 The...

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