According to a recent study published in the Journal of Patient Safety, every year over 400,000 people die from preventable medical error and scores more are harmed. In light of this, it can be said with certainty that Medical error is a serious issue in health care, and all of us deserve to be better informed about when medical error has occurred and about our providers’ performance records.
Medication errors are a rather common mistake in the field of health care, particularly in institutions where elderly people live, such as nursing homes and assisted living centers. It is the responsibility of these institutions, of course, to ensure that residents receive the medication they have been prescribed in a timely way.
A judge for the Lenawee Circuit Court held a hearing last month on the issue of what the cap should be for birth injuries in a medical malpractice case involving a botched delivery that resulted in the stillbirth of a baby at ProMedica Bixby Hospital in 2008. According to the claim brought by the baby’s mother, the death was the result of the negligence of a nurse and a physician on staff at the hospital. The child was reportedly delivered well after it should have been due to the oversight of the providers.
A West Michigan family who lost one of its members in 2010 in during a botched emergency room visit is reportedly suing the hospital that administered the improper care for medical malpractice. The boy, according to sources, had been brought into the hospital after he asphyxiated in a bathtub and was revived by a family member.
A growing number of Johnson's Baby Powder lawsuits and Shower-to-Shower lawsuits are now being pursued nationwide by women diagnosed with ovarian cancer, citing a history of studies and other reports that suggest concerns about the link between talcum powder and cancer have gone largely unaddressed for decades.
Infection is always somewhat of a risk in medical care. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about one in 20 patients get an infection from medical care. In addition, 100,000 die every year from such infections, though that number could potentially be a lot higher. Health care facilities worth their salt understand this risk and do everything they can to minimize the risk.