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Blood thinners cause medication errors in Kentucky

Blood thinners reduce stroke and heart attack risks by preventing blood clots from developing in the veins and arteries. However, when used incorrectly, blood thinners can hurt patients more than they help. Health care experts, endorsed by the Anticoagulation Forum, which works on improving anticoagulation care, made new guidelines regarding the effective and safe use of anticoagulants.

Errors inserting NG tubes can cause death

Some Kentucky residents may be interested to learn about a 52-year-old man who was taken to the hospital following a car accident. Medical personnel installed a nasogastric (NG) tube. Blood was discovered in the tube, which required the man's stomach to be pumped. Later, doctors realized that the tube had been inserted into the man's brain by mistake. Luckily, the man received surgery and the problem was corrected. Another patient was not as lucky. She died of sepsis after a tube was incorrectly placed into her brain.

Kentucky patients may risk malpractice

A doctor at an internationally well-known hospital, New York City's Mount Sinai Medical Center, was recently relieved of his duties after performing an incorrect kidney operation. The patient, a 76-year-old man who had two diseased kidneys, was scheduled to have one of them removed. The surgeon who performed the operation accidentally took out the wrong kidney, and he was subsequently prohibited from performing both clinical and administrative tasks.

Unnecessary C-sections pose problems for pregnant women

Many pregnant women in Kentucky will be interested to know that some of the prenatal advice they've heard from their medical professionals may not always be in their best interest. A new survey conducted on 2,400 women who had recently given birth has found that some women often experience several invasive interventions and medical procedures, including induced labors and cesarean sections, without truly understanding the risks involved.

Unprofessional medical behavior compromises patient safety

Medical errors across the nation, including Kentucky, cause many debilitating injuries and deaths yearly. Some hospital mistakes are simply due to conflicts between doctors or surgeons and nurses or other hospital personnel. In one such case, a technical assistant became frightened during heart surgery after the doctor swore and screamed. The assistant believed the man would hit him, and he won a $325,000 settlement after the Indiana Supreme Court ruled that he was traumatized by the surgeon.Disagreements among health care workers can lead to medical safety problems for patients and compromise their health and even their lives. According to a 2009 study by the Joint Commission, the issues can include disruptive behavior, hostility, intimidation, threats and verbal outbursts. However, they can also include passive-aggressive behaviors toward other employees or patients.

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