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Time outs have a critical role in preventing wrong-site surgery

Illinois residents who are about to undergo orthopedic, dental or spinal surgery should know that these three operations see the most instances of wrong-site surgery. Overall, WSS is most often a laterality surgery, where an extremity or organ on the right or left side is operated on. Analysts estimate that there are some 20 to 40 wrong-site surgeries performed every week in the U.S.

How EHR usability issues can harm pediatric patients

As most Illinois health care workers know, electronic health records do not have the most user-friendly interfaces. These EHR usability issues can actually increase the risk of errors and injury. A new study from Pew Charitable Trusts has focused on the harm that these problems can cause children in particular.

Misdiagnosing patients can lead to malpractice claims

According to a report by a liability insurer, diagnostic errors were the most common reason for medical malpractice claims from 2013 to 2017. The report discovered that rates of malpractice claims related to such errors have not declined in recent years. This is despite the fact that this has been the case for other causes of medical malpractice claims in Illinois and throughout the country. The study took a look at 10,618 cases over the four-year time period to come to its conclusions.

How pharmacists and patients can work together to prevent errors

Pharmacists routinely help patients in Illinois receive the medications they need while also giving them general advice on various health matters. While these trained professionals often take precautions to avoid oversights, one study estimates that 21 percent of medication errors that affect patients might be related to issues with dispensing. However, a proactive approach with how prescriptions are managed on the part of both pharmacists and patients could minimize medication errors.

Communication problems within care teams

When getting medical treatment at a hospital, you might receive care from many different doctors and nurses. It is not uncommon to be seen by dozens of medical professionals during a hospital stay. With such large care teams, good communication among the different members of the team is very important.

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