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Do electronic records increase pharmaceutical malpractice?

Although some Massachusetts residents probably believe that the nationwide conversion to electronic medical records should help to improve the quality of healthcare by making it less expensive and more efficient, a report has recently been released about a number of serious drawbacks to the switch. For example, pharmaceutical malpractice could result when some drug orders may be transferred from a hospital to a pharmacy using a different electronic application. This may result in a different drug or dose than the one that was originally ordered. In fact, the report cites an example of a mistaken electronic order for a dangerously high dose of a heart medicine that was caught just in time.

Beware of arbitration clauses in Massachusetts' nursing homes

Recently, previous posts have delved into many issues affecting the residents of nursing homes throughout Massachusetts. Some of these issues relate to pharmaceutical malpractice and medical professional negligence, which can frequently arise in a nursing home environment. Another important issue that has come to light recently involves an arbitration clause which some nursing homes are now inserting into their documents upon admission. This clause can have far-reaching consequences that the family members and guardians should be made aware of.

New Massachusetts law requires doctors to disclose mistakes

Massachusetts has just passed major new legislation that is supported by both physicians and attorneys. This new law represents a unique approach to the handling of medical malpractice claims. The new approach, which is now law, has begun to be used in some Massachusetts hospitals. Under the new law, any doctor mistakes must be disclosed to the patients and doctors are allowed to actually apologize for their errors without facing lawsuits for those admissions.

Medical malpractice in nursing homes

The Chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School has recently published an article addressing the growing concerns about medication safety in nursing homes. Unfortunately, medical malpractice involving pharmaceutical errors is particularly prevalent among this vulnerable population of individuals currently residing at long-term care facilities in Massachusetts and across the country.

One half of heart patients experience medication mistakes

The prescription medications that are a product of modern medicine have saved countless lives of the residents of Massachusetts. However, medication mistakes and pharmaceutical errors can and do happen. Sometimes, these medical errors can have grave consequences.

Massachusetts legislation to improve nursing home care

This week Massachusetts senate members unanimously passed legislation that would strengthen protections for those in nursing homes. This legislation should go a long way in preventing nursing home negligence or abuse to the state's most vulnerable population, those that are suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

Poll reveals misdiagnosis common in Mass. patients

A recent WBUR poll in Boston reveals some very troubling views about the current state of the Massachusetts medical care system. Although 48 percent of those polled are very satisfied with the quality of medical care they receive, four in ten sick adults believe there is a serious problem with the quality in the state. In fact, when asked specifically about the quality of treatment, 37 percent believe that this is a serious or somewhat serious problem for the state.

Massachusetts hospitals apologize for medical mistakes

A relatively new approach to addressing doctor errors is taking hold at a number of Massachusetts hospitals. The process, known as "disclosure, apology, and offer," is an attempt by hospitals to stave off medical malpractice claims that arise from doctor mistakes.

Sleep-deprived surgeons-in-training at greater risk of error

Any fan of "Grey's Anatomy," "E.R." or "House, M.D." has seen sleep-deprived residents in the hospital halls. While it might make good television drama, it apparently does not make hospital operatories any safer. In fact, two surgical residents at Boston hospitals were reportedly so tired that they spent about 25 percent of their waking hours with sleep-deprived impairment comparable to being drunk.

Wives, sisters look for answers after failed Massachusetts liver transplant

Two sisters are now widows after a Massachusetts liver transplant between their husbands. The gift of life that one brother-in-law gave to the other, cost the donor his life.

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