In April of 2018, Connecticut's Department of Public Health and the Advanced Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation issued an order requiring an independent evaluation of a New Haven nursing home's staff to see if they're indeed able to meet their responsibilities. They ordered this after a preliminary investigation revealed that safety breaches and accusations of patients receiving inadequate care were likely the result of staff shortages.
Each year, as many as 440,000 Americans die from medical errors. Many of them occur in the operating room.
Although it's been seven years since she died, jurors have finally been selected in the medical malpractice case that was filed by a 3-year-old Willimantic girl's father. They will decide if the two emergency room doctors at Windham Hospital could have stopped the girl's mother and her boyfriend from abusing her to death.
Each day, patients go and see a doctor because they're not feeling well yet fail to get the answers that they're looking for. Others will go into the hospital to have a surgical procedure performed on them yet come out feeling worse than they originally did or even end up dead. We all expect our doctors to find a way to make us feel better, yet in those instances in which this doesn't occur, many of us wonder why this is the case.
Symptoms rarely are unique to a single medical condition, but instead can be associated with a variety of illnesses. Unless a doctor asks enough probing questions in an attempt to distinguish between whether a patient is suffering from one condition or another, then it's possible that they'll assign the wrong diagnosis. This can result in the wrong tests being ordered or harmful medications being prescribed.
Convergys, a Boston based provider of medical malpractice insurance, released a report this month in which they content that as much as 15 percent of all negligence claims may be related to radiology errors. They also highlighted how the most common condition misdiagnosed because of these errors is cancer.
An estimated 40 million procedures requiring anesthesia are performed in the United States each year. Data compiled by the Institute of Medicine also shows that there are 1.5 million Advert Drug Events (ADEs), or intraventional drug injuries, that occur in the country each year. At least 5.3 percent of all ADEs that occur happen prior pre-operatively.
Some might say that getting sued for malpractice comes with the territory when you're a doctor. That's at least what American Medical Association (AMA) researchers found to be the case when they recently surveyed a random sampling of their physician members recently.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University published data in 2017 showing that one in every 20 Americans will be misdiagnosed with an incorrect medical condition at some point during their life. Another statistic they released that same year showed that a quarter of a million of all Americans each year die from suspected medical malpractice, a cause of death that is only surpassed by heart disease and cancer.
Instances of medical malpractice are increasing across the United States. It's believed that increased demand for medical services can be blamed for this. As more demands are placed on the health care system, physicians and other medical providers become stressed and overworked. The extreme pressure that they're under can have a significant impact on the quality of care that they can provide their patients with.