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Tag Archives: medical errors

What We Have Here Is a Failure to Communicate

Preventable medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. We’re talking about 250,000 lives lost, trailing only heart disease and cancer. If you think these errors are confined to hospitalized patients, you’d be wrong. About half of them are the result of mistakes in the outpatient setting (read: doctors’ offices). By […]

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To Prevent Medical Errors Take Control of Your Healthcare

As many serious medical errors happen in the outpatient setting (doctors’ offices) than in hospital! Invasive and high-technology diagnostic and therapeutic procedures are increasingly being performed in the outpatient setting so researchers decided to compare the number and seriousness of adverse events in inpatient and outpatient settings, as reflected by malpractice claims. And, to the […]

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Baby’s Are Exposed to Too Much Radiation

A story broke in today’s NY Times that infants are being exposed to too much irradiation. The radiologists at Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn are exposing our most vulnerable patients to whole body irradiation (called babygrams) without a seconds thought and often without shielding their gonads! What’s even worse, is that in many cases the CT […]

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Hospital Errors Result From a Culture of Fear

To address hospital errors, the Parkland Hospital Board wants more transparency and accountability, as reported last Friday in the Dallas Morning News. Actually, if the board spent some time reading about the root cause of hospital errors, instead of shooting from the hip, they would have found out that more accountability, in the current culture of […]

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Garbage in Garbage Out

The Joint Commissionhas (JC) issued a “sentenal alert” for health information technology. A sentenal alert is defined as preventable, unintended injuries or complications resulting in death, disability, or prolonged hospital stay that arise from healthcare management. The Joint Commission is a non-profit watchdog group that sets basic safety standards for our nations hospitals. Since electronic medical records […]

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