Medical Malpractice

Psychiatric Diagnosis May Increase Your Risk of Suffering a Medical Error

Thousands of patients suffer serious medical harm every year as a result of an error in their diagnosis, treatment, and care. However, a person who has been diagnosed with a psychiatric condition, may be at a much higher risk of suffering a medical error. According to the results of a recent study conducted in Sweden, […]

Nurse-Friendly Injection Guidelines can Help Reduce Errors

New research at the University of Bath seems to indicate that injection guidelines that are developed and written from the point of view of nurses can help reduce the risk of medication errors made by these medical professionals. The findings of the study are being described as “pathbreaking,” by researchers who believe that nursing errors […]

Surgical Errors Second Most Common Cause of Medical Malpractice Claims     

According to a report by medical insurer Coverys, surgical errors are the second most common basis for medical malpractice claims in the United States. Coverys recently published the findings of a study into the role of surgical errors in medical malpractice liability claims. The researchers found that out of the 10,000 cases they studied, 25% […]

When Patients Catch Radiology Errors

Radiology errors occur far more often than people believe, and very often, it is the patients who catch these errors on their doctor’s notes and other documentation. In fact, as many as one in 5 patients admit they have caught a radiology error on their doctor’s report. Those findings come from a study conducted by […]

Electronic Health Records Fail to Prevent One in Three Medication Errors

The expanded use of electronic health records systems in US hospitals has meant ease and convenience, but has not led to as significant a reduction in error rate as hoped. A new study says that these systems could fail to detect as many as one in three of medication errors. According to the results of […]

Damages for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

June 27th is commemorated as PTSD Awareness Day, and this month is the right time to draw attention to this much-neglected mental health condition that affects so many in Indiana. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a common mental health condition that often results when a person has suffered through an extremely catastrophic or life threatening event […]

Drop in Pediatric Medical Malpractice Claims

A new study by the American Academy of Pediatrics finds that there has been a drop in the number of medical malpractice claims related to the practice of pediatrics across the country. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released the results of a Periodic Survey. This survey was a random national survey of members of […]

Dementia, Depression Raise Seniors’ Risk of Surgical Complications, Death

A number of mental and emotional factors could raise a senior citizen’s risk of dying during or after a surgery. These effects must be addressed during pre-surgical assessments of these persons. These findings came from a study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco. The researchers were looking at factors besides the physical […]

Lying to Your Doctor? Here’s Why That Could be a Patient Safety Risk

Lying could set more than your pants on fire – if it involves your doctor, it could result in serious medical complications. Being an informed patent is key to being a safe patient. Part of being an informed patient is to make sure that your doctor has access to all your medical records as well […]

Alarms Are One of Top 10 Tech Hazards in Health Care

Across American hospital rooms, thousands of alarms beep every minute, some for as long as ten minutes at a time until they are responded to, or shut off. The cacophony and fatigue arising from these alarms has proved to be a hazard that seriously impacts patient safety. The ECRI Institute estimates that alarm fatigue is […]