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Medical errors: What hospitals can learn from one state’s new approach

Medical errors continue to be a significant problem for American hospitals. One state decided to take a deep dive into its hospitals’ issues with errors – and the approach it’s taking can apply to facilities across the country. 

Treat errors with CANDOR: Approach helps hospitals, patients

Even as hospitals work to keep preventable harm from impacting patients’ recovery, errors still occasionally happen. Some are severe enough to drastically change a patient’s quality of life. In these situations, hospitals that want to avoid a lengthy, expensive legal battle should remember the power of two words: “I’m sorry.” 

4 tactics to decrease medical errors in your hospital this year

Hospitals should still be taking steps to reduce preventable medical errors. If not caught early enough, medical errors can cause serious harm to patients. These mistakes can often be avoided by closing any gaps that could cause them to occur undetected. 

Speech recognition software can cause documentation errors

In a busy hospital setting, some providers may opt to streamline the process of documenting patient encounters by using speech recognition software to dictate notes that are saved to an electronic health record (EHR) system. However, if left unchecked, this process may introduce serious errors into providers’ notes. 

High-tech lab management solutions reduce medical errors & improve patient safety

The third-leading cause of death in the United States is largely a preventable one: medical errors. In this guest post, Matthew Hawkins, president of a laboratory information systems provider, explains how high-tech lab management solutions can reduce medical errors and improve patient safety.

Use teamwork to cut back on medical errors

Medical errors have been getting a great deal of attention lately, mostly because of claims that they’re one of the top causes of death in the country. Some professionals doubt the truth of this viewpoint. But regardless of its accuracy, hospitals still need to reduce their rates of preventable errors – and improving teamwork may […] [MORE]

No excuses: 5 keys to reducing medical errors in hospitals

Many medical errors are preventable. But hospitals continue to have trouble with keeping them from harming patients. To make real progress toward reducing errors and never events, facilities must be committed to making significant changes. 

5 strategies for hospitals to prevent medical errors

Medical errors in hospitals have become all too common nowadays. And although it can be tough to prevent them, it’s possible in many cases, especially if hospitals are willing to take various approaches to solving the problem. 

Study: Medical errors are 3rd most common cause of death

Thanks to a new study, hospitals are going to be scrutinized even more closely for patient outcomes. Here’s why: Research now shows that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. 

Preventable errors kill more patients than common diseases

Medical errors in hospitals are deadly, but the magnitude may be larger than imagined. A new study sheds light on just how many people die due to preventable errors in hospitals each year – and the findings aren’t pretty.