In a previous blog, we talked about how medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the country. One major factor in that number is the number of medication errors that occur within hospitals. While many hospitals use digital drug orders that have been shown to reduce the number of medication errors, computer systems are still failing to catch as much as 13 percent of fatal medical mistakes. Digital drug ordering, also known as “computerized physician order entry” (CPOE), was designed to increase efficiency and address the problem of medication errors. However, a recent study shows that written prescriptions that are then entered into electronic ordering is a safer method, as systems are known to flag 9 out of 10 possible mistakes. Worse, approximately 79 percent of hospitals use CPOE due to a stimulus bill passed in 2009 requiring hospitals to use it in order to receive funding….
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Going under the knife is terrifying. In these cases, we are sick, vulnerable and we rely on our doctors to cut us open, fix the problem and make us better. While you may think that surgical errors only occur with the more complex procedures, like brain surgery or cardiovascular surgeries, mistakes can actually occur with the simplest and most common operations. For example, a perforated bowel can occur with everyday colonoscopy procedures. Surgeries to remove sinus pressures are not complex, but the muscles around the eyes can be cut, resulting in blindness. These medical errors can happen in an instant, but the results can be devastating. However, the most common surgical errors do not occur by perforating on organ or accidentally cutting a muscle. In fact, the five most common surgical errors include the following: Foreign objects left in a patient’s body—It is not uncommon for surgeons to leave pads,…
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