Stories of surgeons leaving surgical tools in patients or nurses confusing medications between patients command headlines. Yet these stories remain easy to dismiss. When you're a patient, you want to assume you're in good hands. Usually, you are. Nevertheless, even the best doctor or nurse can make mistakes. A recent study by researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine indicate that the prevalence of such mistakes can be eerily high. In fact, "medical errors" in health care settings account for the estimated loss of 151,000 lives every year, surpassing the number of deaths from stroke, Alzheimer's, accidents and respiratory disease. While the numbers are staggering, few people know about them. The reasons may surprise you.
A new study conducted by researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, reveals some alarming facts about doctor burnout. Many are now wondering how this burnout is affecting patient care and if it's increasing the potential for medical mistakes.
Patients planning to have surgery must make a whole host of decisions before going under the knife. Deciding whether to have a seasoned surgeon with plenty of experience perform the surgery or a new doctor knowledgeable in the latest technology and procedures is one of the many tough choices that must be made. However, the results of a new study might make it easier for patients finding it difficult to decide.
A new Harvard study finds that resident-surgeons are most likely putting patients in danger due to a lack of sleep. The study followed 27 residents from two Boston-area hospitals from 2010 through 2011.
The study shows that more is needed to combat medical errors associated with prescription drug errors. States, however, are helping to do their part it seems to mitigate the problems.
In an age where everything from music to shopping is going digital, it's no wonder that the medical field is jumping on board as well. Electronic medical records (EMR) are the latest implementation for many doctors and medical professionals nationwide.
Medical malpractice is a complicated and expensive area of personal injury law. It usually involves long, drawn-out distressing litigation. Mediation has become a procedure that appears to be an alternative option to litigation. But, according to a study published in the Journal of Health Politics and Law, physicians are not participating in the mediation process. Some say that doctors who fail to take part in this method of dispute resolution are thwarting the process.
Colorectal cancer, or cancer of the colon or rectum, is one of the most common forms of cancer in the United States. According to statistics cited in a recent U.S. News & World Report article, over 57,000 people die each year due to complications from colorectal cancer. More people will die from this type of cancer than from breast or prostate cancer.