Category Archives: Medical Negligence

Medical negligence is when a doctor or hospital fails to conform to the medical standards of care and injures a patient as a result.

Can Artificial Narrow Intelligence Improve Patient Safety?

Artificial narrow intelligence (ANI) may play a role in providing care for patients and their families in the near future. According to the Harvard Business Review, ANI systems can offer suggestions, update hospital staff with need-to-know information and prevent medical errors. In many ways, ANI could improve patient safety. ANI systems can gather massive amounts of data, and pick up on specific patterns human beings would miss. It could use patient chart information and warn doctors of specific drug interactions. If a patient were to crash, it could provide nurses and doctors with the most pertinent information required to provide treatment. ANI could help protect patients from misdiagnosis, one of the most common medical mistakes. Could ANI Improve Patient Safety by Preventing Misdiagnosis? IBM’s Watson, an ANI system, has proven it can diagnose patients in a matter of minutes. Doctors at the University of Tokyo were stunned after Watson saved…
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Did You Know You Can Check Your Hospital Safety Score?

Would you spend thousands of dollars at a restaurant without checking the reviews first? How about the hospital performing your next heart surgery? Checking a hospital safety score may help you avoid medical mistakes or being exposed to deadly superbugs. The Leapfrog Group is an organization obsessed with hospital safety. They conduct detailed surveys on hospitals throughout the country, and then assign a letter score based on various criteria. While assigning grades, the organization looks at the hospital’s history of patient safety issues, injuries, accidents and infections. In addition, the survey considers how each hospital helps families and patients avoid errors. You can discover the safety grade of your local hospital by visiting www.hospitalsafetyscore.com, a web page operated by the Leapfrog Group. If you pull up “search by zip code”, you can tailor the results to your location. Now you can see what separates hospitals who received a “D” from…
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How Are Patients Harmed by Radiology Errors?

Radiology errors can cause patients to suffer permanent disabilities or death. The case of former computer programmer Jennifer Drumm is a sad example. The story begins on a Friday night, when Jennifer Drumm checked herself into a hospital over a severe headache. She had called it “the worst headache in her life.” Jennifer’s doctor was concerned it was a cerebral hemorrhage, a condition that is often fatal. To look for signs, the doctor ordered a CT scan on her brain. Unfortunately, Jennifer’s hospital did not have staff that could review the CT scan images. Instead, the hospital outsourced a radiologist four hours away to review the scan. The radiologist at the other hospital argued Jennifer did not have a hemorrhage, but a brain tumor. He was wrong. It turns out Jennifer was suffering from a brain abscess, which eventually ruptured. Jennifer’s parents found her unconscious on the bathroom floor and…
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