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What Are Surgical Never Events?

Preventable surgical mistakes, or surgical never events, occur all too often, putting patients at risk for worsened medical conditions or death. People in the Houston Metro area, and throughout Texas, frequently require surgical interventions. This may be to repair internal damage, treat the symptoms of certain medical ailments or to address other conditions. When going under the knife, patients generally expect their conditions to improve, not worsen. All too often, however, preventable physician errors and medical mistakes occur, putting patients at risk. What are surgical never events? Some medical mistakes are unavoidable. However, others should not occur provided health care [...]

Texas Nursing Home Neglect High Says AARP

The state of Texas has sued nursing homes over legal violations underscoring that families must vigilantly monitor care quality in Texas nursing homes. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported in June 2014 that the Texas Attorney General's Office has filed three nursing-home neglect lawsuits against long-term care facilities on behalf of DADS or the Department of Aging and Disability Services, the state agency charged with overseeing and licensing nursing homes and other long-term care facilities: Against Oakwood Nursing and Rehabilitation in Arlington alleging many licensing violations, including improper care and treatment of bedsores, also known as pressure sores or pressure ulcers, [...]

Sick Hospital Employees Pose Health Risk

In the height of flu season, there are plenty of sniffles, headaches and upset stomachs to go around. Sometimes a person with a bad cold or flu ends up in a clinic or hospital - but it is not always a patient. According to a number of recent studies, doctors and other healthcare workers are more likely than those in other fields to go in to work despite admitting that the state of their own health warrants a sick day. This dangerous trend can cause medical malpractice. Around three out of four doctors and nurses say they go to work [...]

Understanding Medical Malpractice Law in Texas

Texas residents who are concerned about medical errors should be aware of the state’s basic medical malpractice laws. What may seem upon first glance as a minor misstep can end up being a serious or even fatal mistake in the medical world. Texas residents who suspect that they may have been the victims of a medical error should understand some of the parameters in Texas law surrounding malpractice claims. What Does Texas Consider Medical Malpractice? The Texas Constitution and Statutes refer to a medical malpractice claim as a health care liability claim. This can include any treatment, failure to provide [...]

Study: Medical Errors Leading Cause of Death in U.S.

When you think of the leading causes of death in the United States, you may think of cancer, heart disease, or accidents of various sorts. While it is true that all three are leading causes of death, avoidable medical errors probably do not make your list. However, a recent study highlighted just how serious these errors are. Details of the study Since 1999, medical errors as a leading cause of death have been on the radar of medical researchers. During this time, the Institute of Medicine released its "To Err Is Human" report, which revealed that up to 98,000 people [...]