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.
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.
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.
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.
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.