Category Archives: Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice occurs when a health care professional fails to follow the duty of care and injures a patient as a result.

This Common Health Condition is a Major Cause of Preventable Hospital Deaths

Health complications caused by blood clots are a leading cause of preventable hospital deaths. One such complication is a pulmonary embolism, which occurs when blood clots travel to and block arteries in the lungs. Deaths caused by pulmonary embolisms in hospitals are surprisingly common. Many factors can increase the risk of a pulmonary embolism. Patients with preexisting conditions like arthritis, high blood pressure, obesity or alcoholism have an increased risk. Certain medications, like birth control, also raise to risk. However, blood clots can happen to anyone after a prolonged period of bedrest. Some deaths caused by pulmonary embolisms are preventable. Hospitals have an obligation to patients and their families to help prevent these deaths. The following policies may help: Hospitals can use electronic health records to identify patients who have the highest risk of developing blood clots. Patients can receive compression stockings that squeeze the legs and feet. They may…
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Can You Be Billed for Medical Mistakes?

Medical mistakes are not only a threat to your individual safety, they are also damaging to your wallet. According to an article published by Kaiser Health News, patients are frequently billed for medical mistakes. The article discusses the story of a man who suffered from a surgical error, and ended up on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Doctors had punctured the man’s colon while he was undergoing a colonoscopy. To save his life, doctors had to perform emergency surgery. During the surgery, he experienced cardiac arrest. He now suffers from a range of health problems, and requires a pacemaker and multiple stents in his right coronary artery. Health problems caused by the botched surgery made returning to work as a commercial trucker impossible. This mean he also lost his health insurance coverage. The man and his wife paid close to $600,000 out-of-pocket from this one preventable medical…
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Has Physician Burnout Become a Patient Safety Threat?

Doctors have one of the most difficult jobs in the world, and comes with a great amount of responsibility. The requirements of this job might be causing an epidemic of physician burnout in hospitals. According to a Mayo Clinic survey, 54 percent of doctors report feeling burnt out. This study claims factors like long hours, electronic health record requirements (EHR) and life-work conflicts are to blame. Respondents to the survey claimed they spent more than half their time dealing with EHR requirements, a major cause of burnout among physicians. In a strange twist of irony, the very policies and technologies we need to coordinate patient care may be also putting patients at risk. 3 Ways Physician Burnout in Hospitals Affects Patient Care and Safety Doctors feeling burn out can negatively affect patient care in the following ways. Patient satisfaction: Studies show patients of burnt out doctors are less likely to…
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