While being tired while working in any profession can be hazardous, when you’re fatigued while working in the medical profession, the stakes are even higher. Physician fatigue can cause serious bodily harm to patients. Residency is the program medical graduates go into to learn and practice...Read More
The Five Most Common Medical Mistakes Doctors Admit to Making
Five Most Common Medical MistakesMore often than not, we put doctors on pedestals, but they are just as capable of making mistakes as anyone else. In fact, we wrote a blog on how medical error is actually the third leading cause of death in the U.S. When common medical mistakes are made by... Read More
Are Physical Rehabilitation Hospitals Safe?
Patients go to physical rehabilitation hospitals to recover from injuries and regain functions they may have lost. They may think the worst is over and are on their way to fully recovering. However, a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows that sometimes, these facilities can make things worse. According to...Read More
This New Hospital Program is Making Doctors Be More Transparent When Medical Errors Occur
In previous blogs, we discussed how medical errors are the third leading cause of death in America and how, unfortunately, very little progress has been made to prevent medical errors. Worse still, when medical errors occur, there is very little transparency about what exactly went wrong. More often than not, hospitals will deny the...Read More
Are Deadly Medical Errors Being Hidden From Patients?
In 1995, a wrongful death lawsuit was brought against a Maryland surgeon by the family of a dead patient, stating he botched a gallbladder surgery and failed to treat the complications that followed. The doctor denied the claims, saying he complied with the standards of care. In 2007, another patient brought a medical...Read More
How ‘Alarm Fatigue’ is Hurting Hospital Patients
A recent study from a consultant from Johns Hopkins University shows that almost half of the alarms that go off in hospitals are not responded to in a timely manner. The study shows that approximately 93 percent of alarms that sound in hospitals are not necessarily medically urgent situations, and as a result, nursing...Read More
Why Has Little Progress Been Made to Prevent Medical Errors?
A recent interview with OR Excellence speaker Kenneth P. Rothfield, MD, MBA, CPE and CPPS talks about how patient safety has not improved in the last 54 years, despite the many medical advancements made. According to a study we mentioned in a previous blog, more than 400,000 people die each year in the U.S....Read More
What is the Third Leading Cause of Death in America?
You’ve come across medical horror stories floating around online where patients wake up on the table during surgery, a doctor removes the wrong organ, the wrong patient receives a surgery or medical equipment is just left inside a patient. You assume those are freak accidents and that type of fatal medical error could never...Read More