As discussed last week on the blog, medical malpractice can take many forms. Though we often think of medical malpractice in the form of misdiagnosis and surgical errors, mistakes in prescribing medication can be just as harmful, if not more so. Those subjected to a prescription error can suffer significant harm, including a worsened medical condition or death. But what can you do if you have been hurt by one of these mishaps?
A recent post on this blog discussed a study which revealed that there is a much higher instance of surgical errors in hospitals across the country than was once thought. Massachusetts Governor Patrick has just signed into law a measure that may successfully combat the prevalence of surgical errors across the state of Massachusetts.
Massachusetts residents may be alarmed to learn of a recent study led by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The study revealed that surgical errors which could have been easily avoided are quite prevalent. In fact, the researchers who conducted the study tabulate that over 4,000 such mistakes are made every year by surgeons across the U.S.
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.