How Safe Is Your Hospital?

When we’re admitted to the hospital for sickness or injury, we assume the system works to keep us safe. As patients, we do not expect to develop infections or experience a medical error during a hospital stay. Yet the Institute for Healthcare Improvement reports as many as 440,000 annual deaths from preventable hospital mistakes.

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Common Medication Errors Involving Doctors, Pharmacies & Patients

According to the FDA, medication errors result in about 1.3 million injuries to Americans each year. These instances cover a broad scope of healthcare procedures, systems and professionals, including inaccurate or inappropriate personal use.

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Understanding Medical Malpractice Claims for Laser Procedures

Laser procedures for both medical and aesthetic purposes have been around for about 20 years. They are a popular option to remove surface imperfections such as acne scars, blotches, wrinkles, unwanted tattoos, skin tumors, hair over a large area and vascular lesions. Technology has evolved to encompass multiple laser types and reduce downtime to the…

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Dangers of a Medical Misdiagnosis

When we’re feeling under the weather, we rely on doctors to identify our symptoms and recommend treatment to help us get better. However, what happens when a doctor diagnoses you with the wrong illness? In many cases of medical error, your health could be put at serious risk. What are the dangers of misdiagnosis and…

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How Common is Cancer Misdiagnosis?

According to a study published in a 2013 issue of BMJ Open, one of the most common occurrences of medical malpractice is missed diagnoses. Accounting for 26 to 63 percent of total claims, patients with breast, colorectal and prostate cancers are more likely to be misdiagnosed early on. What happens when a doctor doesn’t recognize…

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