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POSTS TAGGED "medication errors"

Common Kinds of Medical Malpractices

Medical practice has become a major concern in the medical and legal fields. Everybody in the health and related professionals has to study so as to earn license exams. Sometimes, they have to enroll in continuous educational programs of high levels such as doctorates and masters. They will still commit errors since there are many factors that come into play whenever a diagnosis is being sought. A misdiagnosis unlike in other professional mistakes can be very grave.

With New Technology, New Hospital Hazards, Part 2

Last week, a previous post presented the first three entries on ECRI Institute's list of technology-related hospital hazards. This list presents some of the potential dangers that result from huge improvements in treatment technology and processes.

4. Many patients have observed the source of a fourth potential problem. While electronic records have made it easier for all caregivers to stay on the same page and easily access a patient's information, it is also easier for mistaken entries to have a bigger impact. Errors or software glitches can affect patients throughout a hospital's system, throwing major wrenches into the treatment process.

5. Hospitals are also starting to plug these records into larger systems that can automate some aspects of treatment where appropriate. Again, these computer systems depend on reliable software and accurate data entry - mistakes can have dangerous consequences for patients, including misdiagnosis or medication errors.

FAQ: Can you hold a doctor responsible for a prescription error?

 Doctors can be held responsible for injuries due to medication errors. Generally, physicians and pharmacists have a duty to warn patients about potential risks associated with prescriptions. When doctors fail to use reasonable care and do not adequately warn a patient about a drug, and that prescription results in an injury, a doctor might be held responsible for writing the prescription.

But because every case is unique, it is important to talk to an attorney to find out how you can get justice for your situation. For a free consultation, call 212-750-1200 or email our office.

FAQ: Are doctors responsible for injuries caused by a drug interaction?

 Depending on the specifics of the situation, doctors can be held responsible for injuries due to amedication error. Generally, doctors have a duty to warn a patient of potential risks associated with treatment. If your physician failed to use reasonable care and adequately warn you about a drug, and that drug resulted in injury, then your health care provider might be able to be held liable for your injuries.

But because every case is unique, it is important to talk to an attorney to find out how the law applies to your situation. For a free consultation, call our office at 212-750-1200 or email our office.

Drowsy Doctoring Poses Safety Concerns for Patients

 It is not uncommon to see stories of fatigued drivers and drowsy driving accidents, but rarely do stories of drowsy doctoring make the headlines. Despite the fact that it is not as widely read about, the dangers of fatigue in hospitals and doctors' offices is a growing concern.

A recent American Medical News article reported that the Joint Commission, which accredits thousands of health care agencies, issued a statement to more than 6,500 health care providers and hospitals telling them to increase their efforts to curb fatigue among their employees.

Medicare Report: Too Many Hospital Errors Go Unreported

 Most errors in hospitals and urgent care clinics go unreported to oversight committees and authorities, according to a federal Medicare patient investigatory report. Hospital employees are only reporting about one out of every seven accidents and other errors that may have caused harm to a patient.

An independent review of patient files, done as part of the federal investigation into Medicare patients, found a number of unreported errors. Many of these unreported errors included common adverse events like medication issues (over-medicating patients) and bedsores.

Improving Patient Care in New York Hospitals Through Federal Funding

 A federal contract for $7.59 million was recently awarded to the NYS Partnership for Patients (NYSPFP) program in order to fund efforts across the state to reduce hospital readmissions and "preventable patient harm" by decreasing the number of errors made in emergency rooms, by doctors and nurses, and with medications.

The federal funding is part of 2010's Affordable Care Act - $1 billion in funding was pledged for Partnership for Patients programs nationwide. In New York, the program is being headed by the Healthcare Association of New York State and Greater New York Hospital Association. Together these two associations represent all of the hospitals throughout the state - including large academic medical centers in urban areas and smaller hospitals in rural areas.

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