Medical Malpractice Is Too Common – Read Reports on Hospitals Near You

Medical malpractice at hospitals and medical centers happens every day.Read_about_your_hospitals_medical_malpractice_record. Medical staffs make mistakes.  Some instances of medical malpractice are worse than others and sometimes they are deadly.  Patients have been known to get the wrong medications or even undergo surgery intended for someone else.

When medical errors like these and others are reported, government officials are required to inspect the hospital in question and file a detailed report.

This vital information on hospital quality and safety has finally been made available to the public online.

A website dedicated to this information, www.hospitalinspections.org, provides detailed reports of hospital violations dating back to January 2011, searchable by location and the name of the hospital.

Until now, these reports were released only through a Freedom of Information Act request – making access to this information very difficult to obtain.

While this development is progress, some information is still unavailable.  For instance, once government authorities have determined there is a specific problem that needs correcting, hospitals are required to file a corrective action plan.  These plans are still kept confidential.

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Medical Malpractice That Should NEVER Happen But Still Does…

A recent article in the journal Surgery reports that so called “neverMedical_malpractice_that_should_never_happen_but_still_does events” happen at least 80 times per week in the U.S. – and that figure is believed to be an under-estimation of the true extent of the problem.

So what is a “never event”...

It’s a mistake that literally should never happen in surgery and includes physicians leaving surgical instruments in patients, allowing patients to awaken during surgery, performing surgery on the wrong patient, performing surgery on the wrong side of a patient, and more.

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News You Should Know If You Have A Hip Implant

By some estimates,  500,000 patients in the United States have received a type ofNews-you-should-know-if-you-have-a-hip-implantartificial hip that is failing prematurely in a number of cases.

The FDA is currently proposing new rules that would prohibit manufacturers from selling these implants.

Under the proposed new rules, manufacturers will have to prove that each device is safe and effective before selling them or before obtaining approval for new all-metal versions.

Under current rules, manufacturers do not need to prove efficacy or put their products through rigorous clinical trials.

The F.D.A. rule proposal is intended to improve the 1976 federal law under which medical devices were first regulated.

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Know Your Rights If You Are a Victim Of Medical Malpractice

A recent exchange of op-ed pieces on CNN.com caught our attentionKnow your patients rights in the event of medical malpractice this week.  The topic was patient rights and whether patients should have the right to protect themselves in the event of medical error and medical malpractice.

Most people assume that diseases are the top 20 causes of death in America.  Sadly – there is another big contributor.

In the JOURNAL of the AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (JAMA: Vol 284, No 4), an article written by Dr Barbara Starfield, MD, MPH, of the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, showed that medical errors and medical malpractice may be the third leading cause of death in the United States.

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Medical Malpractice Events That Should NEVER Happen.

Since early in this century, the U.S. Government hasThere are medical malpractice events that should never happen

been tracking the incidence of what they call “Never Events”.  “Never Events” are shocking medical errors – medical malpractice – that should never occur – and that often have catastrophic consequences for the patient involved.

The term “Never Event” was first introduced by Ken Kizer MD in 2001.  Since that time the list has been greatly expanded to include six categories of medical malpractice events:  surgical, product or device, patient protection, care management, environmental, and criminal.

So just what are some of the things considered “Never Events”?   

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10 Shocking Errors That Lead To Medical Malpractice

10 shocking errors that cause medical malpractice

CNN Health recently ran a story* on shocking medical errors and their findings were just that, shocking.

10 Shocking Errors That Lead To Medical Malpractice:

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Doctors Being Paid By Pharmaceutical Companies Can Lead To Medical Malpractice

Drug company records show that a number of Connecticut Doctors being paid by pharmaceutical companies can lead to medical malpracticephysicians are both top prescribers of certain drugs and receiving extra benefits – speaking fees, consulting fees and gifts from the same companies who make those drugs.

This from the West Hartford News (7/31/12):  “West Hartford (physician) was the state’s topprescriber of Invega, an antipsychotic medication marketed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals. She also was in the top five prescribers of Zyprexa, an antipsychotic marketed by Eli Lilly, in 2008 and 2009.

Drug company reports show Janssen paid this West Hartford doctor $11,900 in speaking fees and travel expenses in 2010. Eli Lilly paid her $26,000 as a speaker in 2009, and morethan $47,000 for speaking and travel in 2010.

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Medical Malpractice Prevention for Senior Citizens

Because our elderly are the greatest consumers of medical care – theyTips to avoid medical malpractice for senior citizens are also the most susceptible to medical errors and medical malpractice.  One in seven Medicare beneficiaries are harmed during their care, according to a recent U.S. Senate hearing on the subject.  According to the same testimony, one in four senior citizens will also be discharged from a hospital to a nursing home, only to be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days – and half of those readmissions are avoidable.

During this same hearing – the Connecticut Center for Patient Safety cited a 2010 federal report that indicated preventable mistakes likely caused the deaths of as many as 950 Medicare beneficiaries in Connecticut hospitals. The same report estimated that 22,000 likely got an infection while they were being treated.

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Problems Arise for Johnson & Johnson Hip Replacement Products

The pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson could be facing a more costly problem than the $3 billion recall of its ASR all-metal artificial hips two years ago.

A replacement product to ASR, the Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip system, has nearly 1,600 lawsuits pending in U.S. courts. It is expected that more than 10 percent of the Pinnacle all-metal hips will have failed in the next two to three years.

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Medical Malpractice Found To Be A Leading Cause of Death In America

As incredible as it sounds…. medical errors and medical malpracticeMedical malpractice found as a leading cause of death in America are the third leading cause of death in America.

Well now for the first time ever Consumer Reports has rated 1,159 major U.S. Hospitals for safety.  The scoring system gives consumers a way to compare hospitals for safety.  Consumer Reports scored the following categories in their research:  infections, readmissions, overuse of scanning, communication about new medications and discharge, complications, and mortality.

Sadly – more than half of the U.S. hospitals scored received marks below 50 on a 1-100 scale (100 being a perfect score for safety).  The top ranked hospital for safety was Billings Clinic in Montana with a score of just 72.

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