Common Clerical Errors That Cause Medical Injuries: Part II

Clerical mistakes are one of the most common — and least reported — issues in the medical industry. In our last post on the relationship between clerical errors and medical mishaps, we discussed a few of the most common types of mistakes that can harm patients. Now, we dive in deeper with additional examples and statistics — several of which involve modern medical technology. Issues With Electronic Health Records Although designed, in part, with the intention of avoiding clerical issues, electronic health records (EHR) actually cause their fair share of mishaps. Often, these issues arise when transferring information from traditional…

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Common Clerical Errors That Cause Medical Injuries: Part I

Typically, when people picture medical malpractice, they think of obvious errors made during surgery. Often, however, the most harmful mistakes occur at completely unexpected points in the medical process. Clerical errors, in particular, are to blame for a shocking number of medical malpractice cases. Read on to learn about the most common types of clerical errors — and why they’re so dangerous: Mislabeling Whether it occurs in the lab or at the pharmacy, mislabeling can cause huge problems. This common error takes many forms; medical professionals may accidentally mislabel test results, diagnoses, or prescriptions. One wrong number or abbreviation can…

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What Medical Documents Will I Need to Gather for My Medical Malpractice Case?

Medical malpractice cases are difficult to process for many reasons. You and your medical malpractice attorney will need to gather many different medical documents while litigating your lawsuit. Your lawsuit could be against a medical provider, a pharmaceutical business, or other medical entity.  You could help your case provide proper documentation if you gather the proper letters, records, forms, and data. Careful review of those documents may show that negligence on part of the health care professionals was involved. What Are the Different Kinds of Documents I Will Need? Medical records. Most of the time, your medical records will be…

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Five Medical Mistakes that Could Occur During Your Next Surgery

Research has found that medical mistakes are a major cause of death in the United States. A study published by British Medical Journal in 2015 estimates that medical errors kill 251,000 people in the US each year. There are different types of medical mistakes that contribute to these deaths. For instance, surgical errors kill or injure thousands of people each year. Our blog is going to familiarize you with the different types of errors that can occur during surgery. Possible surgical errors include: Retained surgical items: Surgeons could leave objects behind in patients. These objects, which are known as retained…

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