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Doctor Errors Happen, Here are Some Ways to Avoid Them

Doctor Errors Happen, Here are Some Ways to Avoid Them

Doctor errors happen. That is a fact. Medicine isn’t the only occupation in which errors occur. There are mechanic errors, fast food errors, printing errors, etc… Every sort of work is going to have errors. Doctor errors, however, can have pretty significant, even life-threatening, consequences. We go to a doctor and expect that he or […]

Thousands of Surgical Errors Occur Every Year (Infographic)

Surgical Errors

Every year thousands of surgical errors occur. Surgical errors are different from bad outcomes, which are the known risks of undergoing a surgical procedure. The document you sign before surgery called a “consent” form, is where the doctor lists these known risks. The consent you give, however, must be “informed;” that is, the doctor must […]

Informed consent is part of a healthy doctor-patient relationship.

Informed consent is an important part of a healthy doctor-patient relationship

Informed consent is an important part of the doctor-patient relationship. Patients should be able to trust and rely on their doctors to use their extensive training and experience to heal them. That does not mean patients should be left in the dark when it comes to making medical decisions. Informed Consent is an important part […]

Can your surgeon keep you safe from an operating room fire?

Can your surgeon keep you safe from an operating room fire?

Surgeons and patients are not thinking about fires when they enter a hospital operating room.  There are so many things that take priority at that moment. For the patient, this is an opportunity to improve their quality of life.  For a surgeon, this is what they are trained to do. Too often, unfortunately, they are […]

Is July a Bad Month to go to the Hospital?

Is July a Bad Month to go to the Hospital?

In the month of July, a new batch of first-year medical residents walks through the doors of academic hospitals around the country. Unfortunately, those same hospitals see the rate of medication errors rise exponentially, contributing to what has been dubbed “the July effect.” You may want to ask “is July a Bad Month to go to […]

Prescription Reviews Reduce Costly Medical Errors

Prescription Reviews Reduce Costly Medical Errors

Medication errors are caused by many things. With so many factors it can seem like a daunting task to avoid them.  The FDA has indicated that drugs with very similar names, drugs with similar packaging, and sometimes even a physician’s bad handwriting all contribute to medication errors. In the emergency room getting the right drug, in […]

Are Chicago doctors’ stethoscopes contaminating you?

Are Chicago doctors' stethoscopes contaminating you?

Most Cook County residents would never dream of sharing a toothbrush with another person, but plenty of us are sharing stethoscopes. Do physicians ever clean those things? A new study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings not only recommends doctors clean stethoscopes regularly but encourages disinfection after each patient use. The study author, a World Health […]

Woman sues hospital after falling from hospital bed

People who are ill or who have undergone a medical procedure are often required to stay in the hospital overnight. While in the hospital, patients readily depend upon members of the nursing and hospital staff to provide for their care and comfort. There are, however, a number of medical errors that can occur as nurses […]

Suit alleges that sedatives led to fall, death of patient

Many families in Chicago have an older relative with symptoms of dementia. Often, these individuals become agitated very easily and when someone with dementia is admitted to the hospital, staff should be willing to work with the condition. That was not the case when a 76-year-old man was taken to the hospital for bowel issues […]

Hospital blamed for man’s fatal stroke, fall complications

In Chicago, doctors may certainly face medical malpractice lawsuits if they fail to properly diagnose patients who have suffered strokes. When strokes are not diagnosed or treated as quickly as possible, patients may suffer disabling injuries, including paralysis, impaired speech, depression, or death. Medical professionals in Illinois may also face medical malpractice lawsuits for failing […]

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