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July 2016 Archives

Survey looks at how surgeons disclose errors

Surgeons are dedicated people who do their best to help patients, so they may take it personally when making a mistake. While this shows that surgeons care and want to deliver proper medical treatment, they could also have a hard time admitting and discussing errors when they occur. North Carolina residents might like to know about the survey taken by more than 60 surgeons from three Veterans Affairs medical centers and published in JAMA Surgery.

Disturbing medical malpractice cases

When North Carolina residents visit their doctor, they expect quality medical care. However, doctors are people, and they can make mistakes. These mistakes include leaving foreign objects in the body following a procedure, amputating the wrong limb and even misdiagnosing life-threatening diseases. Because doctor errors can occur, patients should be vigilant when it comes to their medical care.

Common medication errors that happen at home

For North Carolina residents who take medication on a daily basis, there is always a risk for an error. This can include anything from forgetting to take a drug needed to maintain blood pressure or using the wrong measuring device when doling out liquid medication. Even though these mistakes may sound simple, they can have a serious impact on a person's health.

How to track surgeon performance in North Carolina

When assessing the ability of a surgeon, it is important to focus on encouraging proper methods. However, new research says that it may be just as important to focus on what the surgeon does wrong to stop simple mistakes from becoming long-term bad habits. The study was born from a review of the Objective Structured Assessment of Technical Skills by a professor from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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