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Medical Errors May Increase Around Daylight Saving Time

According to a report in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, the number of human mistakes increased by almost 20 percent after losing an hour from daylight savings. Researchers used eight years’ worth of data to study errors that occurred in the seven days before and after the spring and fall time changes. Most of the errors involved drug errors. In the days after switching to daylight saving time in the spring, health care workers may make more mistakes. Voluntary reporting of any patient safety-related incidents that could be caused by defective systems, human error, or equipment error is encouraged by The Mayo Clinic Health System.

When researchers restricted their analysis to human error only, it was found that after losing one hour of time in the spring, the number of human errors increased by a significant 18.7 percent. Most of the errors involved medication errors; specifically, administering either the wrong drug or wrong dose. However, overall, there were no significant differences in errors over the weeks before and after the time change in the spring. There were also no significant differences in human errors in the weeks before and after the fall switch back to standard time.

When someone is injured or dies due to a health care provider’s negligence, financial recovery may be available. Such recovery is particularly important when permanent, life changing injuries are incurred. It is important to contact someone who understands the intricacies of the party’s right to recover.

Medical malpractice is a difficult area of law as it requires an understanding of both the legal practice and the mechanics of medicine. If you or someone you know has been a victim of medical malpractice, contact an attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner by calling 713-396-3964 or toll free at 800-594-4884. Abraham Watkins offers a free consultation to anyone wishing to pursue such claims.

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