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How many people die from medical errors?

If you think medical malpractice in New York and the U.S. is an overblown problem promoted by attorneys chasing big settlements, it may surprise you to learn about a recent hospital study led by doctors themselves. According to National Public Radio, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers, led by a resident surgeon, say the result of medical errors is much more significant than previously thought. In fact, they noted mistakes should be listed as the third-highest cause of death in rankings by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Understanding a medical malpractice lawsuit in new york

When it comes to finding a doctor or surgeon, the utmost medical professionals are generally a top priority. Most New Yorkers who have already chosen physicians in the area understand the importance of honesty and full disclosure of necessary medical information. Unfortunately, not all professionals maintain a reliable practice. What options do patients have during these difficult situations?

Expert testimony in medical malpractice cases can be tricky

The fate of medical malpractice cases can hinge on the testimony given by other medical professionals. Expert witnesses are sometimes called to either show that the doctor in question acted in a substandard manner or that he or she acted in accordance with the standard of care the patient could have expected.

Dental visit leads to endocarditis for 15 patients

Going to the dentist is something that many people dread. For many people, this is because they just don't like having to sit in the chair and have someone do things in their mouth. For others, the fear of harm is what makes them want to stay as far away from dentists as possible. A recent case in a neighboring state might have some people thinking twice before going to the dentist.

Who can be named as a defendant in medical malpractice cases?

One of the most important points that you have to determine in a medical malpractice case is what parties are going to be named as defendants in the case. This can vary greatly depending on the circumstances of the malpractice. With that in mind, you will have to carefully consider the events of the case so that you can determine who is going to be named as a defendant.

Does your nurse have a criminal background? Why you'll likely never know

Every day in U.S. hospitals, nursing homes and health care clinics; nurses are on the front lines of patient care. When faced with a health problem or emergency it's imperative that patients feel confident in and can trust and rely upon the medical professionals who have pledged to keep them safe and healthy. While the vast majority of nurses throughout the U.S. and in New York State are competent health care professionals, there are some who directly violate or fail to meet professional and legal standards.

How the medical field's culture may perpetuate medical errors

March 13 through the 19 is National Patient Safety Week and an opportune time for hospitals and individual health care providers to reflect on ways to improve patient safety and care. Statistics related to medical errors prove that there's much room for improvement as, annually, an estimated 200,000 people in the U.S. die as a result of medical mistakes. Despite the fact that medical errors remain the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., many within the medical field struggle with how to address the issue.

Why hospitals need to focus on improving communication

In any workplace, efficiency and the quality of a work product are directly tied to how employees are trained and encouraged to communicate. This is especially true in the health care industry with regard to sharing information about patients and patient outcomes.

Deadly bacterial outbreaks blamed on medical device maker and hospitals

Today's modern medical advances have saved and improved the lives of millions of patients in the U.S. and abroad. Due to developments in equipment and technique, many procedures that were previously considered invasive and required hospitalization are now considered routine and completed within a matter of minutes.

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