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How Are Families Affected by Medical Mistakes?

Medical mistakes can severely affect the lives of patients and their families. It would be unfair to suggest that only the patients suffer when errors are made by doctors or hospitals. Some of these errors can cause severe disabilities, meaning parents, siblings, significant others or children are tasked with providing round-the-clock care. The costs of medical mistakes on families are devastating. For example, an 18-year-old Florida woman was left severely brain damaged from a botched plastic surgery. During the surgery, her heart rate and blood pressure dropped significantly, and oxygen was cut off to her brain. She was in a coma for weeks. When she finally woke up, she could no longer walk or speak. Doctors have said she will never make a full recovery. The girl’s mother has now become her full-time caretaker. The Costs of Medical Mistakes on Families Having a disabled family member can cause mental health…
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Watch Your Step, Falls in Hospitals Hurt Thousands of Patients Annually

Did you know falls are one of the top patient safety threats in hospitals? Statistics gathered by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) show that thousands of hospital patients are injured in falls every year. One-third of hospital falls are preventable. In some cases, hospitals do not take the necessary steps to prevent patients from falling. Falls in hospitals can cause fractures, lacerations, brain injuries, internal bleeding or death. Why Do Falls in Hospitals Happen? Some patients may be more at risk for falling than others. Medication side effects, problems with balance, or bathroom needs can put patients at higher risk. For example, certain medications may cause dizziness and disorientation. If the needs of these patients are not met, they are much more likely to fall. How Can Hospital Falls Be Prevented? Coordination between staff: Hospital staff must work together to prevent falls. The AHRQ claims that doctors,…
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Can Robots Transform Hospital Safety?

Robots are being used in healthcare settings to prevent pharmacy mistakes, assist with surgery and to diagnose illnesses. In many cases, robots perform these tasks more accurately than human beings. It seems possible robots can make hospitals safer. Read on to learn more about how robots or artificial intelligence have been used to prevent medical mistakes. How Can Robots Be Used to Prevent Medical Mistakes? Pharmabots: A robotic pharmacist used at the University of San Francisco Medical Center has filled millions of prescriptions. As of mid-2015, the only error it has made was caused by human interference. The machine works by reading directions provide by hospital staff. Doctors write an electronic prescription, and robotic arms move to the proper shelves and fill the medications. Robot surgeons: Earlier this year, an autonomous robotic surgeon bested humans at conducting soft tissue surgery. In fact, we covered this event on our blog. The…
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