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Four Types of Medical Errors in Emergency Rooms

Medical errors can occur in any type of outpatient or inpatient setting.  Emergency rooms are a health care setting where medical errors can occur. There are several theories as to why medical errors are more common in emergency rooms than other health care settings.  Overcrowding is one possible reason.  Regardless of the cause, it is important to remain cautious while you or a loved one are receiving treatment in an…
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New Report Labels Diagnostic Errors as Top Patient Safety Concern

A recent report published by the ECRI Institute (formerly known as the Emergency Care Research Institute) shows that diagnostic errors are the main patient safety concern among health care providers in the US. Diagnostic errors, which are the most common type of medical mistake, affect an estimated one in 20 adults each year. The ECRI Institute noted that diagnostic errors lead to gaps in care, repeat testing, unnecessary procedures, and…
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Are Patients Being Misled About the Safety of Hospitals?

An article published by the Wall Street Journal has questioned the integrity of the Joint Commission’s accreditation system. According to the article, the Joint Commission rarely revokes its seal of approval for hospitals who are not in compliance with federal safety rules. The Joint Commission is a nonprofit organization that accredits an estimated 80 percent of US hospitals. Hospitals even use Joint Commission accreditation as a marketing tactic to attract…
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