Common Medical Errors

Healthcare Resolutions Program Implemented at Veteran Medical Facilities

by Staff Blogger | December 3rd, 2015

Any time we undergo a medical procedure, there are risks involved. Some mistakes tend to occur more frequently than others, and one of the most common medical errors being reported today involves miscommunications between medical staff.

From a patient being given the wrong medication, to a botched treatment or surgery, negligence in conveying the proper message plays a role in many medical errors that occur. Some facilities and medical professionals are working to prevent such errors by creating a culture of accountability amongst staff. The idea seems to be picking up pace rapidly.

An article from the Military Times takes a closer look at how the Department of Defense has adopted the technique by implementing the Healthcare Resolutions program at a number of veteran medical facilities nationwide. The program works by connecting doctors and medical staff with patients who have been harmed after receiving negligent medical care. Both parties are then able to sit and discuss what went wrong with the patient’s care, as well as what’s being done to prevent similar situations from occurring in the future.

Experts say creating such transparency can help ward off liability claims and medical malpractice lawsuits.

At the Skolrood Law Firm, we believe in the importance of medical professionals being held accountable for their actions. That’s why the Roanoke medical malpractice attorneys are happy to see a shift in culture occurring in the medical industry and are hopeful to see programs like Healthcare Resolutions expanding to other facilities and organizations across the United States in the future.

Study Examines Common Medical Errors Made by Anesthesiologists

by Staff Blogger | November 13th, 2014

Before undergoing a major medical procedure, it’s likely you may receive treatment from a doctor called an anesthesiologist. These medical practitioners are the individuals who are responsible for putting patients to sleep, but more importantly, waking them back up after surgery or treatment.

Anesthesiologists sometimes make mistakes though, which can cause patients great harm and can sometimes even lead to a medical malpractice claim being filed against the doctor. But what are the most common medical errors made by anesthesiologists today?

One new study published in the Journal of Healthcare Risk Management examined this question in detail. Researchers looked at 607 medical malpractice claims that were filed against anesthesiologists and concluded some of the most regularly reported injuries included:

  • Tooth damage
  • Death
  • Nerve damage
  • Organ damage
  • Pain
  • Cardiac or respiratory arrest

In 15 percent of these cases, it was found that inadequate preoperative assessments were to blame for the mistake that was made in the patient’s care.

So what should you do if you’ve suffered an injury at the hands of an anesthesiologist? The Roanoke personal injury lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm would suggest discussing your legal rights with a qualified attorney immediately. Our legal professionals are available to answer any questions you may have by calling (866) 215-8065.