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Study: Admitting Mistakes Key to Curbing Medical Errors

Medical errors are a leading cause of death in the United States, with some research suggesting that errors can cause as many 250,000 fatalities each year. The medical community has made strides to normalize and encourage error disclosure for physicians …

Healthcare System Must do More to Reduce Hospital-Related Deaths Due to Medical Errors

How many patients die in the hospital as a result of preventable medical errors? While debate continues over estimates based on flawed data, the US healthcare system can and must implement effective strategies to reduce adverse events and deaths, according …

Medical Errors Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

Analyzing medical death rate data over an eight-year period, Johns Hopkins patient safety experts have calculated that more than 250,000 deaths per year are due to medical error in the U.S. Their figure, published May 3 in The BMJ, surpasses …

Texas Man Claims Medical Errors Led to Leg Amputations

A Texas man intending to undergo a weight-loss operation is seeking $10 million in damages for what he says were a series of medical blunders that led to the amputation of both his legs at the knee. Carlos Saucedo has …

More Medical Errors Reported by Massachusetts Hospitals

The number of medical errors reported by Massachusetts acute-care hospitals has jumped 70 percent since the state expanded the type of incidents hospitals are required to report. Hospitals reported 753 serious medical errors and other patient injuries last year to …

Rapid Surgical Innovation Puts Patients at Risk for Medical Errors

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have found that the risk of patient harm increased two-fold in 2006 – the peak year that teaching hospitals nationwide embraced the pursuit of minimally invasive robotic surgery for …

Simulation Certification Could Help Patient Safety, Reduce Medical Errors

Simulation techniques that target medical errors and seek to provide continued improvement in the quality and safety of patient care are rapidly becoming the new “go to” methods for professional healthcare education. Ranging from simulated human patients to detailed animations …

Oregon Governor Signs Medical Error Mediation Bill

Gov. John Kitzhaber has signed a bill creating a new mediation process for patients injured by medical mistakes. Kitzhaber signed the measure Monday flanked by legislators and the leaders of the Oregon Medical Association and the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association. …