Parents put their trust in doctors when a child needs medical attention. For many parents, trusting the doctors works out in the end, and the child gets adequate medical care. There are some instances, however, in which doctors make errors. New Jersey residents might like to read about a little boy who won a settlement after a doctor left surgical wire left in the boy's body.
When you go to a doctor about a medical concern, you expect to be told the truth, not given a comforting half-truth. In the case of a woman now facing the probability of premature death, however, that was apparently the mistake by her radiologist and gynecologist.
Last year, the Department of Veterans Affairs paid out $91.7 million in medical malpractice claims -- the most in at least 12 years, according to the Government Accountability Office. That represented more than 1,500 malpractice claims against VA providers, which actually represented a leveling-off after a 33-percent increase between 2005 and 2010.
Patients have the right to expect that their doctors are qualified professionals who will help them and not cause them harm through medical negligence. To help protect patients, state governments across the country have established medical boards that are in charge of regulating physicians’ licenses and disciplining bad doctors.
Most of us would expect doctors and nurses to wash their hands and change their rubber gloves before delivering a baby, but a majority of medical professionals who responded to a survey said they had seen their colleagues fail to take these sanitary measures.
The lead researcher of a team from the National Institutes of Health (IOH) states that the most dire problem existing in the medical industry today owes most prevalently to "when medical practices are instituted in error." Dr. Vinay Prasad says that the way to combat that is through eliminating what the IOH teams calls "medical reversal."
A central point that prominently emerges in research that was published recently in the journal JAMA Pediatrics is that X-ray errors and other types of scanning problems can derive from many sources, which makes cancer risks -- especially for young patients -- particularly problematic.
An experienced infectious-disease physician who often writes articles on medical topics recently addressed the subject of surgical mistakes and other medical errors, noting both a culture of nondisclosure surrounding the admission of error and the need for doctors and medical administrators to more often speak up.
The Leapfrog Group, with its very special and narrow focus, is an entity likely never heard of by most people in New Jersey and throughout the rest of the country.
The term "sloppy and paste" might intuitively seem most aptly attached to a student's mediocre writing efforts or media plagiarism.