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The pain of wrong site surgery
When the president of the Joint Commission, the Chicago-based group that accredits the nation's hospitals, unveiled...
Adverse Events in Hospitals Largely Undetected
Adverse events serious enough to harm patients are occurring in U.S. hospitals at least 10 times more often than...
Medical Error Rates Vary Widely, HealthGrades Finds
Patients have a 46% lower risk of experiencing a safety incident at a top-rated hospital compared to a poorly rated...
A pinpoint beam strays invisibly, harming instead of healing
Stereotactic radiosurgery, or SRS, is one of the fastest-growing radiation therapies, a technological innovation...
A dubious diagnosis for Lyme disease
Lyme disease is real. The bacterial infection, chiefly transmitted by deer ticks, can cause rashes, swollen...
Medical Errors Stubbornly Common, Studies Find
Eleven years after a major study revealed medical errors to be widespread and deadly, the results from two recent...
Physician Prescription Error Frequency Linked to Location
Best prescribing practices are found in New York, while the worst are in Texas and Louisiana, and there is great...
Long Days Make Radiologists Less Accurate
The ability of radiologists to detect fractures after a day of viewing images declines significantly compared to...
U.S. Inaction Lets Look-Alike Tubes Kill Patients
A 2006 survey of hospitals found that 16 percent had experienced a feeding tube mix-up. Experts and standards groups...
Study: Medical errors cost nation almost $20B each year
Preventable medical errors cost the country $19.5 billion in 2008 — or roughly $13,000 for each avoidable case...
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