Category: Medical Malpractice

Does technology really reduce medical errors?

In an effort to reduce the number of medical errors and streamline medicine, the federal government is giving monetary incentives to those medical facilities that adopt the practice of keeping electronic medical records. The idea is that these electronic records will help reduce the number of medical mistakes made and increase proficiency.
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Surgeons Resist Withdrawing Life Support After Medical Errors

Surgeons appear to be uniquely prone to resist withdrawal of life support if their patient has difficulty recovering from surgical procedures. About two-thirds of surgeons reported in a recent study cited in Annals of Surgery that they are even less willing to end life if a surgical error had occurred. Most significant in this study was that these medical practitioners felt personal responsibility for their patients and truly believe that given sufficient time, the patient would adequately recover.
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Crying Wolf: Falling Medical Malpractice Payouts Fail To Stem Healthcare Costs

Public Citizen has released a report that indicates that in spite of falling malpractice payments to injured patients, health care costs continue to increase.

Medical malpractice payments have fallen for eight years straight and in 2011, and in inflation adjusted dollars, were at a record low.
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Medicare Beneficiaries Suffer From Unreported Medical Errors

The underbelly of hospital error reporting has been exposed, and it is ugly. According to a recent study from Daniel R. Levinson, the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services, it is unlikely that employees will report adverse events that happen to hospitalized Medicare patients.
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