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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.

The Drop of Disciplinary Actions Against Doctors Amid COVID-19 Examined

From April through June of 2020, emergency actions against doctors' licenses dropped by 59%. This overall drop was driven by declines between 50% and 100% in six states, including Texas. Such a drop caused many patient safety advocates to worry, because many hospitals still have vulnerable and compromised patients, making errors more likely and more dangerous. According to the Federation of State Medical Boards, representing the boards of all 50 states and Washington, D.C., its data shows medical boards' emergency and non-emergency disciplinary actions against doctors being down 14% from January through June. All these drops are attributed to COVID-19. At the same time, a distinction is to be made: The drop in medical board action was far higher than the decrease in hospital-levied actions to restrict or terminate doctors' clinical privileges on a non-emergency basis.

VA Settles Lawsuit

On June 20, 2016, George Walker, then 75 years old, called the VA's American Lake Division and complained of shortness of breath and chest pain. Mr. Walker was directed to go to the American Lake Urgent Care. Mr. Walker went as instructed the following day. The staff at American Lake Urgent Care had him transported by ambulance to the VA's Seattle Division. He was diagnosed with aortic stenosis, which is a hereditary narrowing of the aortic valve; he needed a replacement. The VA scheduled his surgery for July 5, 2016, and sent him home. On July 1, Mr. Walker died at home. His widow, Peggy Walker, sued.

Doctors Operate on Wrong Kidney

Carla Miller has sued Vanderbilt University Medical Center and alleged the hospital operated on the wrong kidney during surgery. Ms. Miller claims that Vanderbilt doctors were supposed to implant a mesh tube from her left kidney to her bladder. However, physicians mistakenly implanted the tube in her right kidney. As a result of the error, Ms. Miller has claimed her urinary system was permanently damaged and she will now require dialysis for the rest of her life. Ms. Miller has asked for $5.5 million in compensatory damages and another $15 million in punitive damages.

Repeated Mistakes Causes Fatal Blood Transfusion

A report by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revealed a pattern of blood labeling errors at St. Luke's in Houston during the past year. The report followed a yearlong investigation by both the Houston Chronicle and ProPublica that had documented several lapses in patient care.

Medicare Penalizes 751 Hospitals for High Rates of Patient Injuries

Ending up in the hospital can often be stressful and expensive, but it shouldn't be dangerous, as well. That's why the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is reducing its payments to 751 hospitals as a penalty for their poor patient safety statistics. Medicare will cut its 2018 reimbursement rates by one percent for the lowest-ranking quarter of hospitals based on a battery of patient safety measures-potentially a loss of millions of dollars, for some hospitals.

Medical Malpractice Payments Hit 26-Year Low

The National Practitioner Data Bank records 2017 as having the lowest number of payments made by physicians' insurers since it began collecting data in 1990. According to the NPDB, payments peaked in 2001 at 19,773 reports of medical malpractice payments, whereas 2017 only had 11,260 reports of medical malpractice payments across all healthcare providers, despite a dramatic increase in adverse action reports against healthcare providers. In the same time period between 2001 and 2017, adverse action reports have risen from 24,230 actions to 49,016. Are frivolous malpractice actions on the rise or is malpractice itself down?

Medical Culture Encourages Doctors to Avoid Admitting Mistakes Reporting Medical Errors to Improve Patient Safety

Each year, 250,000 patients die from medical errors - more than motor and air crashes, suicides, falls, poisonings, and drownings combined - according to John Hopkins published research. Medical error is the third leading cause of death in the United States, yet a study shows most doctors would not tell patients or accept responsibility for their mistakes.

Botched Surgery Results in Multiple Amputations

According to a lawsuit Carter filed Thursday in Hillsborough Circuit Court, Dr. Larry Glazerman mistakenly sliced through her small bowel when removing her cyst. Then he sewed her up without noticing the error.

Parents Often Catch Hospital Errors

A study found that families may be a source for improving hospital safety and avoiding mistakes, as parents often catch errors that doctors miss. The study involved two pediatric units at a hospital in Boston. Analysis of safety incidents found that approximately one in ten parents found mistakes that physicians did not.

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