Medication errors injure hundreds of thousands of people each year. These mistakes - known as "adverse drug events"- can happen in prescribing, dispensing or administering medications.
Mistakes happen in every industry. Bookkeepers misfile receipts. Retail workers misplace inventory. Shipments get lost and servers go down.
Few health threats cast as much fear into the hearts of medical professionals as "superbugs." Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are a significant public health threat. Because they're not easily treatable, these infections can rapidly spread out of control, especially in health care settings such as hospitals and nursing homes. Outbreaks are often deadly.
Breast cancer is one of the most prevalent - and most deadly - cancers across America. Approximately 1 in 8 women will receive a breast cancer diagnosis during their lifetime. Of these, up to 10 percent have a genetic mutation that leads to an increased risk of cancer.
These days, technology makes it possible to interact across vast distances, changing the landscape of the medical field. Telemedicine gives providers the ability to consult with patients, prescribe treatments and review test results - all without the need to be physically present.
Diagnosing medical conditions is one of the most important functions doctors perform. Yet few people realize just how prevalent errors are in the context of diagnosis. In fact, misdiagnosis occurs in up to 20 percent of medical cases. Mistaken diagnoses can lead to worsened conditions, permanent disabilities or even death.
Have you ever sought chiropractic care because of neck or back pain? You expect to come away feeling better, not worse. You certainly don't expect to suffer a potentially life-threatening stroke as a result of a neck adjustment.
We expect doctors and other health care providers to take care of our health and well being. It is very distressing to hear about medical negligence and people being hurt by the very people we trust to protect us.
We go to doctors and hospitals in Michigan for accurate diagnoses and quality care. Unfortunately, it doesn't always work out that way. Sometimes, people seek medical treatment only to become far more ill or injured. Medication errors, surgical mistakes, misdiagnoses and other oversights can result in serious consequences for patients.
An emerging nationwide trend to be seen in Michigan and elsewhere will be the addition of companies that produce electronic health records (EHRs) as defendants and third party defendants in medical malpractice lawsuits. As EHRs become the predominant standard for the keeping and sharing of patients' medical records between health care providers, the incidence of critical errors caused in the use and interpretation of the records is growing. Whenever an error in the use of the patient's EHR leads to the patient's personal injury or death, a legal claim may arise against the producers of the digital records.