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November 2013 Archives

Bereaved mother leads fight against preventable medical errors

Illinois parents may have heard about a mother who lost her 11-year-old daughter to undetected respiratory arrest during routine surgery in 2002. The use of a simple monitor during the application of anesthetic could have prevented the alleged medical malpractice from ever occurring in the first place. Ten years later, she began working to get legislation passed in California so the same tragedy wouldn't happen to others.

Technology not to blame in robotic surgery injuries

When a mistake is made during a robotic surgical procedure in an Illinois hospital, it is more than likely not due to a problem with the technology being used. According to findings presented at the AAGL Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology, over 30 percent of the time, a surgical error during a robotic procedure is due to operator error or robot failure.

Medical mistakes more prevalent in July? Study mostly busts myth

The old saw that the worst time to be sick in a hospital is in July, when new doctors are released into the wards, turns out to be only partly true. According to a new study, medical malpractice or other mistakes only impact the sickest patients the most negatively if they are treated at a teaching hospital in July than in any other month. The head researcher said that people who are the most at risk of dying in a hospital already are the ones most likely to feel any effect from physician experience.

Medical mistakes cost 440,000 lives every year

It is estimated that more than 440,000 people die as a result of medical mistakes in U.S. hospitals every year. Preventable errors like foreign objects left in patients' bodies, tumors left undetected and wrong medication prescription doses account for many such mistakes. However, a physician who is trying to improve safety at the University of Illinois, Chicago, reports that more errors being reported means that there are more chances to fix the situations that caused the errors to begin with.

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Q: What is medical malpractice?

A: Medical malpractice is negligence committed by a professional health care provider, such as a doctor, nurse, dentist, technician, hospital worker or hospital, whose treatment of a patient departs from a standard of care met by those with similar training and experience, resulting in harm to a patient...

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