Hospital & Nurse Negligence

Study: Patients Prefer Surgery Checklist to be Completed in Front of Them

Most patients prefer that their pre-surgery checklists be performed and completed in front of them. A new study finds that more and more patients prefer to be well-informed and in some control of the decisions that impact their safety in hospitals. Surgical errors, in most cases, are avoidable. These errors can range from wrong site […]

Dance Lessons can Help Children with Cerebral Palsy

Children who suffer from cerebral palsy may suffer from a number of motor and gait impairments. New studies indicate that ballet lessons, or any kind of dance classes for that matter, can help these children experience improvement in their motor and movement abilities. The study was conducted on children with cerebral palsy. All the children […]

Top 3 Most Common Medication Errors and How to Prevent Them

Medication errors are some of the most common medical errors, affecting as many as 1.3 million Americans every year. Medication errors refer to errors that involve the prescribing and dispensing of medication to patients. These errors can involve any of the following: Giving the wrong dosage of the medication Giving the wrong medication Using the […]

The Role of Physician Mental Health in Medical Errors

The state of a physician’s mental health could very strongly influence his risk of committing medical errors. According to the results of a new study conducted by a group of psychiatrists, symptoms of depression in doctors are often not identified or treated, and this places patients at risk of injury or harm as a result […]

A Patient’s Guide to Anesthesia Safety

Going under anesthesia for medical procedures is very common. Advancements in medical and anesthetic technology have now made it fairly routine for Americans to have procedures under general or regional anesthesia. There are possible risks with anesthesia that you must know of and discuss with your anesthesiologist. An informed patent is the safest patient. There […]

Psychological Safety Could Help Minimize Medical Error

A researcher who spoke at the recent Association of American Medical Colleges Annual Meeting discussed how a culture of “psychological safety” can help make for better and higher- performing surgical and medical teams. According to Amy Edmondson, psychological safety exists when every member of a team, right from the lowest- ranking member to the highest […]

Indy Star: Hoosier Mothers Die During Delivery at The Same Rate as Women in Iraq

According to the Indianapolis Star today, “women in Iraq and the Gaza Strip have a better chance of surviving childbirth than women in the 33 Indiana counties where inpatient delivery service simply does not exist.” There was a USA Today feature earlier this year which documents how mothers were dying due to preventable factors that […]

Diagnostic Errors are the Most Common Medical Errors

The most common medical error is also one of the deadliest. According to a new report, diagnostic errors are the most common of all medical errors. The report published by ECRI states that diagnostic errors are the most common errors in outpatient care settings. The second most common errors are medication errors, which also have […]

Can Webcams Prevent Nursing Home Abuse?

More and more Americans are using webcams installed in their loved ones’ rooms in nursing homes as a means of deterring elder and nursing home abuse. Nanny cams have been around for a long time as a means of monitoring the actions of the caregivers of young children. Similarly, “granny cams” have now become popular […]

‘Second Victims’ of Medical Negligence: Why the Term Should be Done Away With

The British Medical Journal recently published an editorial calling for the abandonment of the term ”second victims” to refer to healthcare providers who have caused patient harm as a result of medical errors. The term “second victim” was coined by Albert Wu back in 2000 in an editorial that was also published in the British […]