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September 2013 Archives

Medical mistakes could cause 440,000 deaths yearly

A study released in 1999 reported that medical errors in Kentucky and across the nation claimed the lives of nearly 100,000 people annually. However, a study published in the Sept. 2013 Journal of Patient Safety reported that those numbers could actually be closer to 440,000 patients, or more than 1,000 people per day, who die from hospital mistakes or negligence each year.

Hospital caused infections declining

Kentucky residents heading to the hospital are safer now. Hospitals are doing better at protecting their patients from preventable infections. According to a new study, infections patients catch in hospitals cost the health care system about $9.8 billion per year now. That amount is down from the $20 to $40 billion it previously cost to treat such infections. However, one of the study's authors said hospitals can still do more to reduce the type of hospital errors that cause infections.

Kentucky man allegedly misdiagnosed with HIV files suit

A U.S. veteran from Kentucky was allegedly misdiagnosed with HIV in 2004. Since the diagnosis, the man has been on powerful medications, felt suicidal and has been with HIV-positive partners. The misdiagnosis was allegedly the result of a string of hospital errors.

Hospitals slow to use medication software

Misplacing a decimal point may seem like a small mathematical errors, but for patients in Kentucky and elsewhere in the United States, putting a decimal in the wrong spot on a prescription or medication order can make the difference between life and death. Unfortunately, such medication errors go undetected more than the average person thinks, leading to overmedication that can result in serious injury, the worsening of a medical condition or even death.

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