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March 2013 Archives

Drug shortages increase risk of medication errors

Drug shortages in hospitals can lead to very dangerous risks for patients, including an increased risk of medication errors, according to a new study. Drug shortages can cause delays or changes to patient treatments and also result in higher costs for hospitals.

Sponges left inside surgery patients despite new technology

Every year, thousands of patients suffer after surgeons leave items in their bodies. Leaving surgical items in a patient's body is known as a retained surgical item and it can be very dangerous for patients.

Physicians held responsible for prescription drug overdoses

Medical malpractice cases often involve a patient who was improperly treated or diagnosed by a medical professional. While many of these cases may become apparent shortly after a person is in a clinic or hospital, others may arise months later. For instance one young man's life changed significantly because of an incident that took place at his home, though his family filed a lawsuit against his physician.

Subway injury and death counts continue to add up

Just over a week ago, two people survived after jumping in front of subway trains. They were the eighth and ninth persons to be injured or killed by a subway train since February 20. In just five days, nine persons were hurt or killed in subway accidents.

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