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The difference between negligence and an adverse event, part 1

Consider the following scenario: a person is admitted to the hospital. Gender is not important but for simplicity let's say it's a female and, for the sake of argument, let's say this person is in her thirties and in (prior to her admittance) good health. After some testing, the doctors conclude the patient has contracted an infection that can be treated with antibiotics. The patient is lucid and conscious and able to answer questions about her health history at the time the decision is made.

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When you think about it, it's pretty amazing that there is this idea that that medical facilities and medical personnel are clean and flawless. Hospitals have white walls and bright lights, making it feel clean and pristine. Doctors and surgeons have good bedside manner for a reason. We aren't saying that these things are in place to cover up some grand conspiracy perpetuated by the medical industry to purposely harm patients.

Wrong site, wrong patient and wrong procedure surgical errors

The scariest types of medical negligence cases involve the kind of mistakes that are hard to believe could actually occur. These are wrong site, wrong procedure and wrong patient surgical errors. Essentially, they are exactly as their names imply.

$3 million award in fatal surgical error case

A tragic medical malpractice case was recently completed, and though it didn't happen here in Arizona, it still highlights some important factors about medical care and medical malpractice lawsuits. In 2009, a 64-year-old woman went in for surgery to have an ovarian cyst removed. During the course of the procedure, the woman's bowel was pierced.

Don't let medical professionals or institutions get away with it

Imagine that you go in to the doctor, and this trusted medical professional tells you that you are suffering from a serious medical condition. You only have a few years to live, at best. After many more tests and months of therapy, it turns out that the diagnosis was incorrect.

New study sheds light on medication errors during surgery

A new study performer by Harvard researchers found an unsettling number of drug medication errors during surgery. According to the study which looked at 277 surgeries, 124 of them involved some type of drug medication error. These errors range from incorrect drug used, to an incorrect dosage of the drug, to improperly documenting what drug was used and many others in between.

Surgeries in Arizona could be recorded

Patient safety during surgery is paramount in Arizona hospitals. This is why there are established protocols for preparing surgical instruments, sanitizing the room and avoiding infections, as well as team meetings to deal with unexpected developments during the procedure.

More robots assisting in sanitizing hospitals

If you ever wonder why cleanliness is so important in a hospital setting, it is because of how prevalent viruses and bacteria are, and how vulnerable patients can be to infections. Indeed, there are many precautions taken to stem the spread of germs. Doctors, nurses and hospital staff wash their hands regularly. Temperatures are kept low, instruments are cleaned quickly after use and surfaces are regularly cleaned and sanitized.

Music in the operating room: good or bad for patient safety?

Many people like to have music on in the background while they are working. Medical professionals are no exception to this. Music can end up showing up in many places in hospitals. In fact, there is often music playing in operating rooms during surgeries.