When people in New Haven go into the hospital and have to be treated for some kind of illness or condition that requires medication, they generally assume that they will be given the correct medication -- and if they are not, that they will be told about it. However, a new study has found that such hospital errors might happen more often than people realize -- and when they do, patients are not always told about them.
Earlier this month, the federal government issued somewhat of an ultimatum to medical care providers and the software companies that create, install and maintain their computerized patient data systems. Either come up with a system for voluntarily reporting errors and issued with electronic health records, the government said, or we will do it for you.
In the past decade or so, the occurrence of complications suffered after childbirth by both the infant and mother has skyrocketed, causing severe injury and even death to many women and babies who, prior to the incident, were perfectly healthy. Now, hospitals in Connecticut and around the country are taking targeted action to reduce these fatal complications through a series of lifelike drills and exercises.
It seems fairly obvious that when emergency rooms are overcrowded to the point that patients are turned away or have to wait several hours to be seen, those patients may suffer additional harm as a result of that overcrowding. Now, a study has confirmed that increased risk.
Last week, we wrote a blog post about some of the most common medical mistakes that take place with unfortunate regularity at hospitals in New Haven and around the country. Today, we will continue that discussion with a look at some of the medical errors that take place in the operating room.
If someone was to ask you what you thought the most common causes of death in the U.S. are, what would you say? Car accidents, heart disease, diabetes or cancer? While those certainly do cause many fatalities, there is one other leading cause of death that many people are not aware of: medical mistakes.
A new study by John Hopkins University researchers has determined that an alarming gap in reporting standards for hospital infections exists nationwide. The study, which was published in the Journal for Healthcare Quality, concludes that the lack of standards significantly harms patients and costs the health care system billions of dollars.
To help consumers compare hospitals nationwide, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled Hospital Compare, a website that offers data on a wide range of health care quality measures. Connecticut hospitals, for the most part, appear to outperform other hospitals nationwide in most of the areas studied.