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Checklists in hospitals may not prevent surgical errors

Surgical errors are tragic and yet unfortunately common. The other week we discussed some of the simple procedural changes that are not taking place in American hospitals despite the high rate of serious medical mistakes. This week the Atlantic Magazine published an article on the use of checklists to prevent some of these surgical errors and a lively debate about how worthwhile such checklists might actually be. Maryland readers may find the following blog on surgical errors and the use of checklists interesting.

Preventable medical mistakes are third cause of death in U.S.

Medical mistakes happen far too often in the United States. In fact, from Maryland to Washington, rarely a day goes by that there isn't a story about a patient either tragically injured or fatally killed due to a simple and preventable medial error caused by hospital negligence or doctor error. What is worse is that it seems as if many hospital and healthcare institutions appear to tolerate staff that ignore even the most basic and proven safety procedures such as sanitation and communication.

Failures in treatment spur lawsuit against hospital

Patients in Prince Georges place their trust and the trust of their loved ones in the hands of medical professionals. When that trust is violated and hospital negligence or medical malpractice occurs, there can be terrible long-term results, and even death. Those who have been subjected to medical mistakes themselves or have seen family members suffer from these errors have the right to find out what happened and why.

Maryland senator proposes birth injury fund

When a child suffers a birth injury, one of the most important rights that child's parents have is to pursue a lawsuit against the negligent doctor and hospital. However, the Maryland legislature is considering a measure that would provide patients with a different avenue for recovery.

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