medical harm

medical harm

Uninintended physical injury resulting from or contributed to by medical care (including the absence of indicated medical treatment), which requires additional monitoring, treatment or hospitalisation, or results in death. Such injury is considered harm whether or not it is considered preventable, whether or not it resulted from a medical error, and whether or not it occurred within a hospital. Medical harm does not imply intent or negligence, nor does it indicate severity of the harm. According to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), 15 million instances of medical harm occur per year in the USA.
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By comparing those new rates against the industry's standard expected rates, this work has averted a case of medical harm for 13,730 New Jersey patients by the end of the three-year initiative.
As part of that commitment, it has partnered with the US-based Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) to conduct a study that will measure the rate of medical harm in HMC hospitals.
When payment was offered for medical harm, the patient got the money more quickly than the typical four- or five-year time frame for compensation under traditional litigation.
As long as these wee treats do not cause any medical harm to the patients it seems the hard-working staff are often quite happy to turn a blind eye.
In September 2010, the board issued an "emergency" order suspending Gambee's license based on his ongoing unprofessional conduct and gross negligence of diagnosing patients with hypothyroidism, exposing them to medical harm.
Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals: How One Doctor's Checklist Can Help Us Change Health Care from the Inside Out outlines a leading physicians' crusade against medical harm and for improving health care quality in the United States.
Dr Richard Lewis British Medical Association Welsh secretary said: "The population is drinking in increasingly harmful ways and the result is an excess of avoidable medical harm and early deaths.
Kay Zakariasen, MA, is working on a book about chronic urgency and frequency, medical harm, and making decisions about medical treatment.
An American Medical Association policy on the use of placebos is a bit murky; it advises against their use without the patient's knowledge or if the placebo could cause medical harm.
Nursing interventions decrease complications, improve mortality and prevent medical harm.
That partnership continues with the advent of the 5 Million Lives Campaign which will dramatically reduce incidents of medical harm in US hospitals as initiated today/ December 12, 2006.
The nature of the physician-patient relationship--its intimacy, trust, and consequential value--means that medical errors present particular challenges for maintaining or restoring that relationship in the aftermath of medical harm.