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Jury awards $46.5 million in medical malpractice case
Friday, March 31st, 2017

An Arkansas jury has awarded a two-year-old plaintiff and her parents $46.5 million in a case against the hospital and doctor that delivered her. At the time the baby was born in June 2014, she had high levels of bilirubin, a yellow compound, and was at risk of extreme jaundice. The defendants misread her test […]

Oregon Hospitals Release Data on Medical Mistakes
Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Every year, Oregon hospitals submit reports on the medical mistakes that harm their patients. The 2011 report from the Oregon Patient Safety Commission shows that the number of hospital mistakes reported is up from 2010. The goal of the Commission is to track where, why and how the mistakes occur, and use the data to […]

A short guide to avoiding hospital mistakes
Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

About 1.7 million hospital-acquired infections cause or contribute to 99,000 deaths each year. That makes preventable medical mistakes the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Some hospitals are finding innovative ways to reduce the risk of medical errors – see this OPB story about an Oregon hospital – and ultimately, it is […]

Can patients prevent wrong-site surgery?
Friday, June 1st, 2012

A young cancer patient in Portland claims that a doctor operated on the wrong side of her neck, removing healthy lymph nodes and leaving her with a 7-inch scar around her neck. She had to undergo an additional surgery to remove the cancerous lymph nodes, doubly exposing herself to the dangers of surgery and recovery. […]

Should an Important Medical Mistake Tracking Program be Optional?
Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

All of Oregon's community hospitals have joined a government-coordinated effort to reduce and prevent medical errors that harm or kill patients. However, The Oregonian reports that the majority of pharmacies and nursing homes in Oregon are not bothering to report medical mistakes. Only about half of the state's licensed surgery centers are reporting their errors. […]

Do Hospital Defibrillators Work?
Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Defibrillators are supposed to save lives by restoring a patient’s heart’s normal rhythm through a shock administered by pads placed on a patient’s chest.  A new report suggests that the expensive upgrade of automated external defibrillators in hospitals across the U.S., as recommended by an American Heart Association (AHA) committee, may have been a mistake. […]