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Putting a premium on patient safety in New Mexico

According to a study by doctors at Johns Hopkins, medical errors may be the third leading cause of fatalities in America. That would put it ahead of conditions such as emphysema and bronchitis, and just behind cancer and heart disease. An analysis of several other studies suggests that there areas many as 250,000 deaths resulting from medical mistakes in the United States each year, but that number could be even higher.

Uncovering doctor errors is often difficult

While there are a number of resources available to those who wish to file complaints against doctors in Arizona and other states, obtaining information about complaints that have previously been lodged is often difficult. Consumer Reports looked into physician errors ranging from surgical mistakes to sexual misconduct, and it found that only a select group have access to these records.

Hospital comes under fire after doctors try to hide error

Arizona medical patients and their families may have heard about a malpractice case that occurred at a Connecticut hospital in 2015. According to reports, after doctors committed an error in which they took out the wrong rib of a female patient, they may have tried to cover up the incident. The woman's attorney said the hospital had to treat the woman to a second surgery soon after the first operation to correct the error, but the patient accused the doctors of failing to notify her that a mishap occurred at that time.

Medical errors more common among difficult patients

Arizona residents may believe that they have little control over whether or not they will be the victim of medical malpractice, but two studies have found that doctors make more mistakes when dealing with difficult or demanding patients. Medical safety experts have long been convinced that the chances of errors increase when patients badger or otherwise harass their physicians, and they now have empirical evidence to substantiate these beliefs. The research was published in a medical journal on March 7.

Common types of malpractice claims against hospitalists

When someone enters an Arizona hospital for treatment, a physician called a hospitalist will likely manage the patient's care. Typically, these professionals trained in internal or family medicine, but they practice only within a hospital. They work on the front line of patient care and function as a patient's primary care physician within the hospital. They coordinate treatments dictated by other specialists and monitor the patient's medical status. When a hospitalist fails to meet the standards of the profession, negligence might result. Malpractice claims against them fall predominantly into three categories.

The dangers of drug interactions

Arizona patients might expect their pharmacies to alert them if there are potential conflicts between drugs that are prescribed. However, there are so many variations in reactions and levels of severity that many such conflicts are ignored. Unfortunately, some drug interactions can have deadly results for some individuals. This was the case for a Florida woman, who suffered a life-threatening reaction to two drugs prescribed by the same physician.

Well-known cancer doctor faces medical board

Some people in Arizona may have followed the career of a cancer doctor named Stanislaw Burzynski who has been featured in documentaries and praised by celebrities. The doctor uses a number of unconventional approaches to treat cancer even though he is not trained as an oncologist. His critics believe that his methods can be deadly, and he is now facing a medical board that is considering taking away his license.

No-fault medical malpractice system could reduce problems

In Arizona, if a medical error injures a patient, the person must seek redress within an adversarial legal system fraught with delays and hidden information. Because litigation or the threat thereof offers the primary method of collecting compensation, physicians fear lawsuits and practice defensive medicine and hospitals often protect access to records about errors.

Program helps military doctors apologize to injured patients

A program that is being expanded by the Defense Department may help military service members in Arizona to get personal apologies from doctors who injured them. Healthcare Resolutions was developed in 2001, and it is currently in operation at eight military medical centers. With assistance from a mediator, patients, family members and doctors can sit down and talk about what went wrong during treatment.

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