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Failures in supervision can leave hospital liable for errors

Medical mistakes can have serious, life-threatening consequences, which is why patients expect hospitals to properly supervise and monitor the actions of their medical personnel. If someone is injured because of a preventable act of medical negligence due to failures in supervision, the hospital may be legally liable for damages. Maryland residents who have been the victims of hospital negligence should keep reading.

Doctor sued for medical malpractice after misdiagnosis

Medical malpractice and doctor's errors occur everyday across the country. While in the majority of cases patients avoid serious and life-threatening personal injuries, in some cases they do not. Among the most dangerous doctor's errors that occur in hospitals are those involving failures in diagnosis or misdiagnosis of serious conditions. Maryland residents may find the following blog on failures in diagnosis interesting.

Hospital negligence is leading cause of medication errors

While medication errors may not sound very serious, mistakes in prescribing, dispensing or administering medications can result in serious, even life-threatening injuries for Maryland residents. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic more than one million patients are injured every year due to medication errors. Furthermore, a new study from the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority recently found that hospital negligence may be a leading cause.

Retained foreign objects leading cause of surgical errors

Medical errors in surgery happen far more often than most people think. In fact, according to a study out of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, surgical errors happen on average more than 4,000 time per year in the U.S. Common surgical errors include wrong-site surgeries, infection, and incidents involving surgical instruments or other surgical materials left mistakenly inside of a patient.

Equipment failure common cause of surgical errors

While advancements in medical science and technology have undoubtedly improved the quality of health care in the United States, it has not been without its drawbacks. Maryland readers may be interested to learn about a recent study published in the journal BMJ Quality & Safety, an international peer-reviewed journal dedicated to improving patient safety, on technology and equipment issues and surgical errors.

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