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May 2015 Archives

Arizona patients need better pre-surgery information

According to research done by Gallup, the more information that a patient had before a surgery, the better the outcome was for the patient. Patients were asked if they knew what to expect after surgery, if they were prepared for their post-surgery experience and if they followed directions given to them after the surgery. Those who were better prepared felt better about the procedure and reported fewer problems after the procedure took place.

Hospital patients may receive unequal treatment

As Arizona residents may have heard, a recently-published book alleges that some hospitals in the United States favor influential patients. The book claims that wealthy individuals may receive special treatment. In addition, the author postulates that being hospitalized in mid-summer may be less than advantageous and possibly risky.

Medical malpractice and electronic medical records

As people in Arizona may be aware, many medical facilities have changed from paper-based medical records to electronic ones. These electronic medical records have been touted within the healthcare industry as helping to prevent medical errors and resulting medical malpractice lawsuits. It has been demonstrated, however, that the use of the records can cause medical errors and the EMRs can actually support a finding of liability in a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Using technology to reduce health care mistakes

As Arizona residents may know, 200,000 patients die annually because of preventable medical error. There is an effort underway to change that, but its success is often a casualty of traditional attitudes. A study published in 2005 elaborated on interactions between health care workers and documented that a layer of silence prevents mistakes from coming to light.

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