A recent article in the journal Surgery reports that so called “never 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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A recent exchange of op-ed pieces on CNN.com caught our attention 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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Since early in this century, the U.S. Government has
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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As incredible as it sounds…. medical errors and medical malpractice 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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When you are involved in a personal injury incident, whether you have been injured in a car accident, by medical malpractice, by a defective product, an animal bite or in any other way, there are a lot of questions that you may want to ask.
We have prepared this blog post and many more to come to answer some common questions we hear from our clients. Please note that we have prepared this material for general use and it is not tailored to any particular case or type of case.
WHAT DOES MY PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MY MEDICAL TREATMENT?
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