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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Beyond the statistics is a poignant, underlying fact - despite medical breakthroughs and advances in medical technology, heartrending stories caused by medical harm continue to persist.
David Mayer, Vice President of Quality and Safety for MedStar Health, said: "Patient safety and preventable medical harm are global issues.
Feltner and her colleagues concluded that current serologic screening tests produce a high rate of false-positive results--as much as 50%--and that those in turn lead to psychosocial harms such as distress and disruption of personal relationships, as well as increased costs and potential medical harm associated with confirmatory testing and unnecessary treatment.
While fasting is said to provide spiritual upliftment and emotional wellbeing to the devout,5 this must be weighed against possible medical harm.
There is now awareness of the problem of medical harm and a determination to handle it2.
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Recent Medicare data reveal more than 200,000 patients per year die as a result of avoidable medical harm, and one in three patients admitted to U.
Brodeur said the current malpractice system costs too much in premiums for doctors, pays too little to "patients who suffer avoidable medical harm," and encourages the practice of defensive medicine, which wastes billions of dollars in resources.
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.
Mitgang (2011) identified four factors that should be used by a court in determining whether actual medical harm caused by the child's obesity warrants state intervention:
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.