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Making It Possible for Hospitals to Be Honest About Medical Errors

Medical errors in U.S. hospitals kill tens of thousands of patients each year, and even more suffer injury because of mistakes by doctors or nurses. Not every case of harm is avoidable—patients may get an infection even if doctors do …

Insurer’s Hospital Claims Study Corroborates High Death Risk from Medical Errors

Death claims are the most common hospital liability claims, according to an insurance company study released after researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine reported that medical errors are the third leading cause of deaths in the United States. …

Medical Errors Now Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.: Study

Medical errors in the U.S. account for more than 250,000 deaths per year, which makes them the third leading cause of death in the country, according to researcher at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Johns Hopkins patient safety …

Federal Report Shows New Hampshire Hospitals Reduced Errors

New Hampshire hospitals are making progress in reducing both errors and unnecessary readmissions, according to new federal data. The federal Department of Health and Human Services released a report this month estimating that the 3,700 hospitals across the country participating …

Hospital Medical Errors Down 17%, Reports HHS

A federal review of hospital medical records and other data has found a 17 percent decline in infections, drug mistakes, bed sores and other preventable errors from 2010 to 2013, according to a report. Using methods developed by health care …

Texas Man Claims Medical Errors Led to Leg Amputations

A Texas man intending to undergo a weight-loss operation is seeking $10 million in damages for what he says were a series of medical blunders that led to the amputation of both his legs at the knee. Carlos Saucedo has …

Number of Medical Errors Reported by Mass. Hospitals Spiked in 2013

The number of medical errors reported by Massachusetts acute-care hospitals has jumped 70 percent since the state expanded the type of incidents hospitals are required to report. Hospitals reported 753 serious medical errors and other patient injuries last year to …

Maine Cancer Patient Gets $200K for Misdiagnosis

A Maine man who was told he had only months to live because of an aggressive Stage 4 pancreatic cancer is still alive more than four years later. And a jury has awarded him $200,000 for the doctor’s misdiagnosis. It …

U.S. Hospital Safety Plan Could Save Lives, Dollars: Officials

A hospital patient care and safety initiative aimed at preventing medical errors and hospital-acquired infections could save thousands of lives and billions of dollars, U.S. government and industry officials said on Tuesday. The goal is to cut preventable hospital-acquired conditions …