Advocates of the use of electronic health records contend that the digitalization of medical records can reduce hospital errors, but a recent study suggests that this may not be the case. The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority Report examined almost 3,100 error reports from hospitals in the state to determine if there were mistakes related to electronic records. They found that nearly 4,000 errors were related to EHRs between 2004 and 2012.Most errors did not cause harm to patients, but 10 percent concerned unsafe conditions. Of the many reports reviewed, 15 involved temporary potential harmful situations for patients, such as erroneous medication data, failure to note allergies or failure to document test results. Problems were particularly noted in hospitals that used both paper and electronic records. The difficulty in using some electronic systems also contributed to errors.
When placed at the mercy of hospitals and medical professionals, new mothers in the Cincinnati area worry about every possible worst case scenario when they are about to give birth. For some, those worries are simply nervous fears that never become reality, but sometimes those worries are tragically warranted. The family of an Illinois girl with cerebral palsy has just settled a $7.5 million lawsuit over medical malpractice claims related to a delivery gone wrong.The girl was born in 2002 at a Chicago area hospital. The lawsuit was filed in March 2009 by the girl's grandparents, who are now her legal guardians and have had full custody of her for about five years. The claim alleges that the girl became permanently disabled as a result of medical malpractice during her birth.
In Montgomery County, Ohio approximately 40 people have reportedly died in suspected overmedication-related deaths in 2011, a death rate that doubles that of other urban Ohio counties. State authorities are cracking down. And if authorities are correct, a Dayton doctor could be staring at the wrong end of several medical malpractice lawsuits brought by families who have lost a loved one to his medical negligence as well as by some patients suffering injuries from overmedication.
Over 11 years ago, an Ohio doctor decided against a Caesarian section for a patient. That decision led to the baby being deprived of oxygen in the womb, causing brain injuries and ultimately cerebral palsy. The family pursued a medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctor and other negligent parties. The jury returned a verdict of $13.9 million last year.