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September 2015 Archives

Report: Most patients will have 1 delayed or wrong diagnosis

A new report by the Institute of Medicine says that at some point, most people will experience a delayed or wrong diagnosis -- at the least. This report also found that diagnostic errors are not getting the attention needed to correct problems in the health care system.

Facts about surgical items left behind after a procedure

A "never event" is something that happened during surgery that should have never occurred. Unfortunately, it's more common than you might think. Each year, 1,500 patients have surgery and come out of it with a foreign body left inside them.

How should I react to a loved one after a brain injury?

Learning that a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury is likely to bring a feeling of dread. While the person is in the hospital, and later when recovering at home from the injury, you might feel like you always need to be around them to stay on top of the situation. Even when your loved one is going through this, it is still important that you take certain safety precautions to make sure all are doing as well as can be expected.

Medical negligence is more common than legal records reflect

According to an article on JAMA Internal Medicine titled "Measuring Diagnostic Errors in PRimary Care," only about 1 percent of adverse medical events actually result in claims for medical malpractice. However, those lobbying on behalf of hospitals and health care organizations in New York have managed to get Lavern's Law killed in the Senate, albeit with John J. Flanagan, the majority leader, not allowing a vote on the bill.

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