Women Tells Nursing Class Horror Story of Incorrectly Administered Drugs

Posted on May 09, 2016 by

Nursing students at Penn State University were given the lecture of a lifetime by Sorrel King, a national patient safety advocate and victim of a horrific medical mistake. Sorrel’s story begins in 2001, when she lost her 18-month-old daughter at Johns Hopkins Hospital to a preventable medication error. Like many parents who have lost their… Read more »

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Superbug Nightmare: Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria May Kill 10 Million Per Year by 2050

Posted on May 02, 2016 by

World health organizations have expressed alarm at the continued spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria, also known as ‘superbugs’. In the U.S., the problem has become a major source of concern inside and outside of hospitals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics show 23,000 Americans die from superbug infections every year. For the… Read more »

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In Hospitals, Silence Hurts

Posted on April 25, 2016 by

For victims of medical mistakes and their families, emotional pain and suffering continue long after errors are made. Victims and family members may want answers, and in many cases, hospitals only offer silence. A recent Forbes article covered this subject quite well, and it shows how patients and health care providers are emotionally hurt by… Read more »

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New Report Sheds Light on Patient Safety Issues in Hospitals

Posted on April 06, 2016 by

A new report released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has revealed reasons why hospitals are ineffective at addressing patient safety issues. Ironically, the report was released during National Patient Safety Awareness Week, an annual event where the National Patient Safety Foundation passes out educational materials to hospitals around the country. Aside from the hilariously… Read more »

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Are Doctors More Prone to Medical Mistakes During Residency?

Posted on April 04, 2016 by

A medical malpractice lawsuit filed against Yale-New Haven Hospital raises some important questions on whether doctors undergoing training can be a threat to patient safety. The lawsuit claims a doctor still in his residency removed the wrong body part from a patient, one of the worst mistakes possible. Why was his patient so upset? The… Read more »

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Can Electronic Health Records Help Your Medical Malpractice Case?

Posted on March 28, 2016 by

Many hospitals around the country have beefed up their technological infrastructure by adopting electronic health records (EHRs). EHRs can pull the medical histories of patients with ease. For example, EHRs may contain which medications patients are on, demographic information, known allergies and prior health conditions. Having such detailed information can also be beneficial for medical… Read more »

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How Google Will Use Advanced Apps to Improve Patient Safety

Posted on March 23, 2016 by

Google is planning to use DeepMind, one of its acquired artificial intelligence companies, to improve patient safety for the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS). The app, named Streams, will identify tasks doctors and other health care providers must perform to prevent patients from succumbing to kidney failure. Streams will have full access to the… Read more »

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How Surgical Safety Checklists Prevent Medical Errors

Posted on March 09, 2016 by

Medical errors have horrific consequences for patients and their families, so it is important for hospitals to institute policies that help health care professionals avoid mistakes. Surgery safety checklists provide ways for doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists and others to double-check their work so mistakes such as operating on the wrong patient or body part can be… Read more »

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Are Cyberattacks Putting Patient Safety at Risk?

Posted on February 29, 2016 by

One of the greatest dangers facing patient safety can be found over the internet. There have been recent cases of hospital computers being hacked. Hackers take control of hospital computer systems and then demand a ransom. The Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center was the most recent target of hackers. According to the hospital, hackers scrambled patient… Read more »

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