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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...
Web Exclusive: 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...
Web Exclusive: 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...
Web Exclusive: 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...
Web Exclusive: 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...
Web Exclusive: Long Days Make Radiologists Less Accurate
The ability of radiologists to detect fractures after a day of viewing images declines significantly compared to...
Web Exclusive: 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...
’Mystery patients’ help uncover medical errors
The elderly man was emaciated, so hospital physicians were running a series of tests for cancer, a common cause of...