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March 2013 Archives

Florida woman sues for head surgery mistake

Before their operation, a lot of individuals have nightmares of a surgery gone wrong. Most of the time these nightmares are just dreams. But other times they become a frightening reality. When a surgical error occurs, a victim can be seriously injured or die. Perhaps the worst part of a surgery mistake is that it is completely avoidable. A recent incident at a hospital near Sarasota highlights the dangers of such surgical errors.

Florida nursing home placed on watch list after neglect incident

Nursing homes carry a big responsibility by caring for the elderly who cannot care for themselves. By assuming this duty of care, these institutions promise to provide residents with proper nutrition, monitoring and medication. An error in any of these areas of care can constitute nursing home neglect, and the results may be devastating.

System prevents hospital medication errors, but is under-utilized

Technological innovation in the medical field can be a good thing for patients. New surgical equipment, diagnostic tools, and recording systems can reduce mistakes and better ensure safety. Yet, while these new implementations can be extremely helpful, they also highlight just how often medical malpractice occurs. One such innovation is an electronic processing system for prescriptions which a new study has found reduced medication errors by half.

Nursing home medication errors lead to decertification

Medication is a powerful tool doctors can use to treat medical conditions. Proper dosages can lessen symptoms, ease pain, and even completely remedy some illnesses. On the other hand, medication errors can be fatal or leave a victim with serious, long-term injuries. These errors can occur as a result of poor communication, failed medication transcription, inattentiveness, or understaffing. In any case, medication errors are unacceptable, as evidenced by one nursing home's decertification.

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