Medical Mistakes You Won’t Believe: An Organ Transplant Gone Wrong

Posted on September 21, 2016 by

Organ transplants are used to give dying patients a second chance at life. However, sometimes the unthinkable occurs and transplant errors take lives. A transplant error in 2003 gained national attention and led to changes on how these surgeries are conducted. In 2003, Duke University admitted that it used the incorrect organs during a heart… Read more »

Tags: Surgery
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Watch Your Step, Falls in Hospitals Hurt Thousands of Patients Annually

Posted on September 19, 2016 by

Did you know falls are one of the top patient safety threats in hospitals? Statistics gathered by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) show that thousands of hospital patients are injured in falls every year. One-third of hospital falls are preventable. In some cases, hospitals do not take the necessary steps to prevent… Read more »

Tags: HospitalSafety
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Can Robots Transform Hospital Safety?

Posted on September 14, 2016 by

Robots are being used in healthcare settings to prevent pharmacy mistakes, assist with surgery and to diagnose illnesses. In many cases, robots perform these tasks more accurately than human beings. It seems possible robots can make hospitals safer. Read on to learn more about how robots or artificial intelligence have been used to prevent medical… Read more »

Tags: HospitalSafety
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Should You Use Yelp to Find a Hospital or Doctor?

Posted on September 05, 2016 by

People use Yelp to find reviews on restaurants, barbershops, retail stores and other businesses. Customers also leave detailed comments describing their experiences with service. Should we use Yelp to rate hospitals or doctors in the same way we do businesses? Would this be a reliable way of finding hospital safety scores? Yelp does allow patients… Read more »

Tags: HospitalSafety
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Can Hospital Interpreters Cause Medical Mistakes?

Posted on August 29, 2016 by

Hospitals across the country use interpreters to help doctors communicate with patients who primarily speak foreign languages. In some cases, hospital interpreter mistakes cause patients to suffer permanent or fatal consequences. Several years ago, NPR wrote an article that shared the story of Willie Ramirez, an 18-year-old man who suffered a catastrophic injury due to… Read more »

Tags: MedicalMistakes
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Are Children More Vulnerable to Medical Errors?

Posted on August 22, 2016 by

Children are more likely than adults to suffer permanent disabilities or death from medical errors. This is because organs and immune systems are still developing during early childhood. Children are also less capable of communicating with doctors or nurses when errors are made. For these reasons, it is important for parents to help prevent medical… Read more »

Tags: Parenting
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Can Pokémon Go Endanger the Safety of Hospital Patients?

Posted on August 15, 2016 by

Millions of people across the world are playing Pokémon Go, a new smartphone game that superimposes the famous franchise over the real world. The goal of the game is to visit these locations and capture as many Pokémon as possible. Unfortunately, this has caused problems for players capturing Pokémon at police stations, on crowded freeways,… Read more »

Tags: PatientSafety
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EMS ‘Selfie War’ an Example of Shocking Unprofessional Behavior by Medical Workers

Posted on August 08, 2016 by

Medical professionals such as doctors, nurses and EMS workers are tasked with the most important jobs in the world – saving the lives of other people. When these professionals misbehave or neglect their duties to care for others, patients can face serious harm. Unfortunately, recent examples of patient abuse show unprofessional behavior happens more than… Read more »

Tags: PatientRights
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Why are Surgical Mistakes Kept from Patients and Families?

Posted on August 01, 2016 by

Several weeks ago, we discussed the possibility that hospitals have a ‘culture of silence’ when patients are harmed by medical mistakes. Recent research suggests many doctors still hide medical errors, but that the number is gradually increasing. An article published by CBS News claims many doctors still remain silent on mistakes. According to a study… Read more »

Tags: PatientRights
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Historical Medical Mistakes You Won’t Believe: Death of a President

Posted on July 25, 2016 by

We often discuss on our blog how patients affected by modern medical mistakes can be killed or left permanently disabled. Historical medical mistakes led to identical outcomes for patients. In some cases, historical medical mistakes had world-changing implications. Throughout the next several months, we are going to walk you through several examples of medical mistakes… Read more »

Tags: History
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