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August 2014 Archives

New black box device has potential to prevent surgical errors

Arizona residents and patients may be interested in a new device designed to prevent errors in hospital operating rooms. The device, referred to as a surgical black box, is currently under development at a Toronto hospital. It consists of cameras and microphones linked to a software package that records and analyzes every movement during a surgical procedure with the intended goal of being able to detect and eliminate potential errors.

Factors to consider when filing a malpractice case in Arizona

For a doctor, settling a malpractice case is not an easy decision to make, according to a recent piece providing perspective from the other side of the docket. While settling a case provides for a resolution to a potentially embarrassing situation, a settlement may also have to be reported to medical boards and to the hospital where the doctor works. This could lead to further review and investigation by employers and other peers into the matter. For this reason, doctors who are sure that their actions are defensible might press for a trial over a settlement. This suggests that patients pursuing a malpractice claim who are pressured to settle early might do well to consider going to trial or hold out for a larger settlement instead, depending on their lawyers' counsel.

Change in how hospital errors are reported

Arizona residents may be unaware that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has changed how it reports hospital errors. These are also known as hospital avoidable conditions or HACs. The CMS claims its new method of reporting results in greater accuracy, but patient advocates have expressed concern about individuals' abilities to access potentially important information.

Important questions to always ask a doctor

Arizona residents may wish to know about some of the factors influencing healthcare services that many physicians may never mention unless directly prompted. Often times, patients refrain from sharing certain details about their personal health unless asked about it directly. These individuals may be at the risk of suffering serious health problems; according to prominent medical professionals, patients often benefit from acting as a partner in their own healthcare.

Preventing common medical misdiagnoses

Studies about incorrect medical diagnoses show that doctors can make mistakes about life-threatening conditions, and one study indicated that 12 million or more misdiagnoses may occur every year. The Internet Journal of Family Practice conducted an analysis of autopsy findings and malpractice data to determine the most commonly misdiagnosed diseases. While this list is not likely to solve any mysterious medical problems Arizona residents are suffering from, it highlights the need for getting opinions from multiple doctors.

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