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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.

Lawsuit Filed Against El Paso Children's Hospital and Prominent Doctor Over Young Girl's Death

Last month, an El Paso couple filed a wrongful death lawsuit seeking damages over $1 million and alleging gross negligence against El Paso Children's Hospital and a prominent local doctor over the death of their three-year-old daughter. According to the lawsuit, the family alleges the hospital and doctor intentionally created profit-driven policies that caused extreme delays in the admission and administration of life saving emergent care for young patients. In this case, the couple's daughter suffered from hydrocephalus, a life-threatening but treatable condition where fluid becomes trapped in the brain, and spent nearly fourteen hours uncontrollably vomiting in the hospital's waiting room before the young girl finally went limp, turned blue, and began foaming at the mouth.

San Antonio Hospitals Hit with Federal Penalties for Patient Complications

Five San Antonio hospitals are being penalized by federal regulators for high rates of what they have deemed to be preventable complications, including infections, blood clots after surgery, sepsis, bedsores, and hip fractures after falls. Under the Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program for The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the hospitals' Medicare payments will be reduced by 1 percent this year. Further, up to 3 percent of payments can be withheld by CMS for hospitals that have high readmission rates for heart attacks, heart failure, bypass surgery, pneumonia, hip and knee replacements, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. According to regulators, readmissions are expensive and can increase a patient's chances of infection. Additionally, federal officials claim readmission rates can be indicative of whether a hospital is doing a good job of preventing complications, providing clear discharge instructions to patients, and safely discharging them.

Patient Receives $12.75M after Device Breaks during Brain Surgery

Michael Brassloff was 71 years old when he underwent surgery to remove a benign tumor at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. During the procedure, the two-millimeter tip of a carbon dioxide-cooled laser probe snapped off after it was inserted through a hole in Mr. Brassloff's skull. As a result, the pressurized carbon dioxide drilled directly into Mr. Brassloff's brain. The force was eight times more powerful than that of a nail gun.

Woman Dies After Giving Birth

Earlier this year, a Houstonian woman died after giving birth at Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital ("LBJ"). The incident was the sixth time this year LBJ hospital has come under federal investigation because of a patient death.

Investigation Reveals Numerous Physicians in Florida Lack Malpractice Insurance

Nearly 6,900 of Florida's actively licensed doctors do not carry malpractice insurance. This new trend is colloquially called "going bare" or self-insuring. Meaning the doctor alone, rather than an insurance company, is responsible for any fees or awards resulting from being sued for malpractice. Going bare can be dangerous and expensive for those patients who are injured by doctors who commit medical malpractice.

Over 1,000 Patients Possibly Exposed to HIV After Hospital Sanitation Mistake

1,182 patients at an Indiana hospital may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C allegedly due to sanitation errors committed by the surgical technicians. Between April and September of this year, at least one of the surgical technicians at Goshen Hospital missed a sterilization step while sanitizing surgical equipment. While the surgical equipment did go through other sanitization and sterilization procedures, the step missed by at least one of the surgical technicians shows that not every surgical instrument was properly fit for use on patients. Because of this, Goshen Hospital representatives are now offering free testing to the potential patients who could have been exposed to these unsanitized surgical instruments and potential infectious diseases.

Infants Died After Being Fed Infected Breast Milk

Abel Cepeda, then 5-days-old, was the eighth baby since the summer to get sick after being exposed to bacteria in Geisinger Medical Center's NICU. Two infants had died prior to Abel's birth. Geisinger has announced that the hospital's equipment contaminated donor breast milk, which exposed premature infants to pseudomonas, a bacterium. The day Abel died, the hospital changed its equipment to single-use materials. Abel's parents have filed suit.

Seattle Children's Hospital Shuts Down Operating Rooms for Second Time This Year Due to Mold Infections

Seattle Children's Hospital shut down all fourteen of its operating rooms earlier this year after Aspergillus mold spores infected six children in its operating rooms, leaving one dead. The hospital re-opened its operating rooms in July, telling the public it was confident the operating rooms were sterile and that the risk to patients was incredibly low. Last week, however, the hospital was once again forced to shut down three of its operating rooms and two procedural areas following new detections of Aspergillus and as the hospital investigates the possibility of two new infections.

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