Medication Errors

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 […]

Hospital Mergers on the Rise, But Patient Care Isn’t Improving

The number of hospital consolidations has increased, but this trend  of hospitals merging with others hasn’t necessary translated into better standards of patient care or safety. According to a new study published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine, hospital mergers which are often promoted as a way for hospitals to cut costs and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Medical Errors Can Be Reduced with Improved Patient-Provider Communication

The risk of dangerous and possible life-threatening medical errors can be reduced through greater and more stable forms of communication between patient families and health care providers. Those results come from the findings of a new study conducted at Boston Children’s Hospital. In the study, researchers developed an intervention system that was specifically designed to […]

New Documentary Spotlights Medical Errors

A new documentary shines the light on a much – neglected problem surrounding patient safety – the nexus between doctors /hospitals and insurance companies that makes it harder for injured patients   to recover justice after they have been injured due to medical negligence. The documentary titled Bleed Out premiered on HBO recently, and featured accounts […]

Elderly at Higher Risk of Abuse, Neglect at For-Profit Nursing Homes

Seniors may be at a much higher risk of abuse and neglect when they live in for-profit nursing homes, compared to non-profit facilities. New research published in the Gerontology journal recently indicates that residents of for-profit nursing home receive substandard care compared to residents of non-profit nursing facilities. According to the researchers, their study focused on more than 1,100 […]