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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: 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...
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: Pediatric Medical Errors Most Likely in Gynecologic, GI Surgeries
The presence of foreign bodies unintentionally left inside young patients during surgery adds to the duration and cost...
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...
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...
Florida hospitals join forces to cut readmissions
Eighty-one hospitals in Florida are teaming up with one important goal: to reduce the number of infections...