How Conflicts Between Nurses And Doctors May Place You at Risk

Conflict pervades nearly every workplace imaginable. In some offices, it’s simply annoying. In the health care industry, however, it can prove lethal. Unfortunately, such conflicts are far more common than most patients suspect. Below, we explain why these conflicts occur and how they can lead to negative health care outcomes: How Conflicts Play Out — And Why Conflicts between medical professionals typically involve health care workers with different job titles. For example, doctors may disagree with nurses, or nurses may butt heads with nursing assistants. These conflicts involve an inherent imbalance of power, in which one party holds far greater…

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The Pareto Principle in Medicine: Why Just a Few Doctors Are Responsible for Most Malpractice Cases

Medical malpractice is far too common. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the United States. But while many patients fall victim to negligence in the healthcare industry, most medical professionals abide by an impressive standard of care. The exceptions, however, cause horrific suffering. The Pareto principle may explain this apparent discrepancy, as we demonstrate below: What Is the Pareto Principle? How Does it Apply to Medical Malpractice? A common concept in everything from sales to HR, the Pareto principle states that 80 percent of the results in…

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3 Ways to Protect Yourself from Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice occurs more often than you might think. Every year in the United States there are about 250,000 deaths each year due to medical malpractice. This does not include the many people injured by medical errors and neglect each year. It is important that you make an attempt to protect yourself against harm from medical malpractice. Here are some tips to help you protect yourself. Get a Second Opinion If a treatment seems too extreme or you’re not sure of a diagnosis, it is a good idea to get a second opinion from another doctor. Getting a second opinion…

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Is Today’s Culture of Surgery Putting Patients at Risk?

Surgery is a notoriously difficult medical specialty, and for good reason; the high-stakes nature of the job makes it inherently stressful. Perhaps this explains why surgeons suffer so many mental health issues and are so likely to turn to substance abuse in an effort to cope. Burnout is especially high among surgeons, many of whom simply cannot handle the pressure of the job. But is the job description alone to blame? Or could a negative work culture be making an already difficult position that much worse? We examine these concerns in detail below: Mistreatment Among Surgical Residents An anonymous letter…

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Common Mistakes Hospital Administrators Make — And How They Can Affect You

Hospital administrators are responsible for keeping facilities running seamlessly. It’s not an easy job — opportunities for errors abound. Unfortunately, these errors can prove deadly for vulnerable patients, who depend on the skill of hospital administrators as much as they do on nurses and doctors. Detailed below are among the most common — and deadly — hospital administrator mistakes: Hiring Decisions Often, hospital administrators are responsible for overseeing facility personnel. This may mean making final decisions regarding hiring or employee termination. Those who fail to vet new employees appropriately place patients at risk of being cared for by incompetent workers….

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How Medical Software Glitches Can Hurt You

Medical advances promise to take us into a new age of possibility, in which facility visits are more convenient and patient records are more secure. Used correctly, medical software can have a positive impact. Glitches, however, are far from uncommon — and they place you and your fellow patients at risk. Below, we explain why these technological issues cause so much harm. Delayed Patient Results Every moment counts when treating severe health conditions. Unfortunately, while technology promises to speed up the process, glitches can prompt significant roadblocks. In Canada, for example, 2017 issues with electronic health records (EHR) software from…

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When And Why You Should Get a Second Opinion From a Doctor

Errors are far more common than the medical establishment would have us believe. In fact, research from Johns Hopkins indicates that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Sometimes, these mistakes are difficult to detect — but sometimes, patients can tell something is wrong. If your gut reaction suggests that your physician made an incorrect diagnosis or developed an inadvisable treatment plan, it’s worth seeking a second opinion. Not only is this approach common, it often yields different (and hopefully, better) results. According to researchers at the Mayo Clinic, a whopping 88 percent of…

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How Meditation Can Help Medical Professionals Avoid Mistakes

Today’s health care workers face unprecedented levels of stress, with many turning to alcohol, food, or other unhealthy behaviors to cope. In the midst of these issues, it’s no wonder that medical errors remain the third-leading cause of death in America. While structural shifts in scheduling and workload can make a huge difference, we might not see these much-needed changes for years. Until then, another solution may help: meditation. Medical Errors: How Common Are They And What Role Does Stress Play? Researchers at Johns Hopkins estimate that medical errors account for over 250,000 deaths every year. Stress could be partially…

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Seven Common Medication Errors in Nursing Homes

Nursing homes take care of our society’s most vulnerable members. The elderly and permanently disabled may reside in these facilities. Like other health care facilities, nursing homes can be hotspots for medical mistakes. In nursing homes, medication errors are one of the most common types of mistakes made by staff members. Seven common medication errors in nursing homes include: Providing patients with the wrong medications. This type of mistake may occur for several reasons. For instance, a nurse may confuse medications with similar names. Prescribing the wrong dosage. Nurses may give patients too little or too much of a medication….

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Why Your Doctor Is Distracted — And What You Can Do About It

Distraction has become a way of life. In some contexts, however, distraction isn’t merely a source of annoyance — it can also prove life-threatening. This is particularly true in the health care industry, where an increasing number of doctors and other professionals are demonstrating signs of distraction. Below, we examine this phenomenon and offer up potential remedies. How Distracted Are Today’s Doctors? Data presented by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s John Makary indicates that medical errors are more common than previously assumed, with estimates reaching an alarming 250,000 per year. According to the FDA, these errors lead to injury…

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