patient safety News

Do Big Malpractice Awards Really Increase Medical Costs?

A jury in one of New York’s most conservative counties recently returned a $130 million verdict in a medical-malpractice case, the second-largest in the state’s history. Lawyers for the losing hospital decried a “jury out of control” and called for …

Oklahoma’s Dental Law Lacking Enforcement Clout

Oklahoma’s Dental Act was intended to ensure patient safety, but limited funding for regulators, a small staff and a state prohibition against surprise inspections restrict its effectiveness when there’s trouble. The state Dentistry Board claims a Tulsa-area oral surgeon ran …

Sandy Exposed Hospitals’ Lack of Disaster Preparedness

Kim Bondy was in New Orleans seven years ago when Hurricane Katrina devastated the city, and scores of patients died in flooded hospitals cut off from power. She never thought that she might face that danger herself. But on Monday …

Electronic Medical Records Not Without Risks to Patient Safety: Report

The nation’s transition to electronic medical records, now in full swing, risks overlooking potential patient safety problems, independent advisers warned the Obama administration in a report this week. Computerized medical records have been sold as a powerful tool to improve …

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 …