Top Patient Safety Topics in 2017

Lubin & Meyer maintains The Patient Safety Blog as a place to raise awareness of patient safety issues, including local and national research studies and sharing of patient safety initiatives that show promise for improving healthcare quality for all. Below we share some of the most popular posts from our blog in 2017.

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1. Medical Errors Experienced by 41% of Americans
New Survey Reveals Patient Attitudes on Patient Safety

According to the national survey, Americans’ Experiences with Medical Errors and Views on Patient Safety, by the IHI/NPSF Lucian Leape Institute and NORC at the University of Chicago:

  • 10% reported personally experiencing a medical error
  • 20% know someone whose care they were involved with experienced a medical error
  • 11% reported having experienced an error both personally and involved in someone else’s care.

Read full blog post here: Medical errors in U.S.

2. Women Dying in Childbirth in U.S. — A Preventable Tragedy
Lubin & Meyer Maternal Death Case Prompts State Probe at MetroWest Medical Center

The Boston Globe's Liz Kowalczyk exposes a worrisome trend — an increase in the maternal mortality rate July 30 article in response to the deaths of two expectant women in labor and delivery at MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham, Massachusetts.

Read full blog post here: Maternal deaths

3. How Safe Is Your Hospital?
Check Your Hospital's Latest Safety Report Card

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade was launched in 2012 to help increase awareness of hospital errors, injuries, accidents and infections. Since 2012, the Leapfrog Group has been assigning A, B, C, D and F letter grades to more than 2,600 acute-care hospitals nationwide, twice a year. To search the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade database by hospital name, city or state, go to: http://www.hospitalsafetygrade.org/

Read full blog post here: Hospital Safety Grades

4. When Gallbladder Surgery Goes Wrong
Less Invasive Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery Has Record of Serious Medical Mistakes

While the risks are low, it is extremely important that a surgeon properly identifies the gallbladder and closely situated anatomy such as bile duct and blood vessels to avoid the possibility of cutting, perforating or nicking any other areas with the surgical tools while removing the gallbladder.

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