As discussed in the previous post, a recent investigative series by ProPublica reveals that there has been a downward trend in the last 50 years in the number of routine autopsies that hospitals perform in Ohio and around the country. Autopsies can help doctors continue to learn as they practice
Children call them boo-boos, uh-ohs or oopsies. Many people simply know them as mistakes. Hospitals, whether they are in Ohio or in any other state, refer to them as adverse events. These “adverse events” can be serious as they include getting the wrong medications, developing bedsores, and acquiring preventable or
As discussed in the previous post, a recent report by federal investigators found that too many errors and accidents that harm Medicare patients are going unreported in hospitals around the country, including in Ohio. These adverse events include bedsores, hospital-acquired infections, and harm caused by overuse or improper use of medications.
Currently, hospital-acquired infections are the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. One preventable cause of these infections is the unwashed hands of medical personnel. A recent article in The New York Times looked into the issue and how some hospitals are raising compliance rates by installing cameras near
Ask any expecting mother in Ohio whether they want a boy or a girl baby, and most will probably say they just want a healthy baby. Most expecting mothers go through a lot of effort to make sure that the chances are as good as possible for that to happen.
As discussed in the previous post, a court in Pennsylvania recently ruled that a mother could sue the doctor who delivered her baby for causing emotional distress even though he didn’t cause harm through physical negligence. The mother was shocked when the baby who her doctor had informed her during
More than ten years ago the Institute of Medicine estimated that 100,000 people die in hospitals due to preventable errors every year in the U.S. According to Kaiser Health News, the situation in the country is now worse. In 2010, a government report said that 15,000 Medicare patients were dying
As discussed in the previous post, a recent article in Kaiser Health News noted that medical errors in hospitals are one of the leading causes of death in the U.S., behind heart disease and cancer. Hospitals have not done much to improve patient safety over the last decade, but some institutions
As discussed in the previous post, far too many preventable medical errors continue to occur every day in hospitals across the country, causing great and unnecessary harm to patients. One problem is that the hierarchical culture of hospitals creates an environment where the doctor is the leader and overconfident that
A new study recently published in Pediatrics said that babies born to women who develop a fever after being administered an epidural during labor have a greater risk of suffering birth injuries. These issues with the baby’s health at birth include having poor muscle tone, low Apgar scores, seizures and