Posts Tagged 'hospital error'

Federal Government is no Longer Disclosing Many Hospital Errors to the Public

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services made a change this month to stop the disclosure of many serious hospital errors and health risks to the public. A story in USA Today reports that the data on eight “hospital-acquired” conditions were removed from the Centers’ web site.

Prior to this change, the Hospital Compare website allowed the general public to access data on the rate of hospital-acquired infections and injuries. Last summer, much ...

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Surgical “Black Box” in Development to Prevent Medical Errors

A Toronto hospital is working on developing a device that seeks to protect patients in the operating room. The system, detailed in a recent article in Forbes, would be installed in operating rooms in order to cut down on surgical errors. It would consist of a number of microphones and cameras that are poised to track and record the movements and communications within the room.

The “black box” could be used to analyze and interpret the ...

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Deaths From Hospital Mistakes More Than Two Times Higher Than Prior Estimate

hospital errors are killing more patients than previously thoughtA new study published in the current edition of the Journal of Patient Safety drastically increases the estimated number of people who die each year due to hospital error. The authors estimate that each year between 210,000 and 440,000 patients suffer some type of preventable harm that contributes to their death. They estimate that the rate of serious errors not resulting in death is 10 or 20 ...

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