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.
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.
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.
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.
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.