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Roughly 2,000 U.S. patient deaths occur because of this

Data from a study conducted by CRICO Strategies, a risk management entity and division of Harvard Medical Institutions, Inc., reveals a startling conclusion behind why medical errors are continuing to occur all across the country.

Failure to properly diagnose: Top 4 reasons why they occur

Medical malpractice instances occur for many reasons. Surgeons operate on the wrong body part; hospital personnel fail to properly sanitize areas that result in unnecessary staph infections. The list goes on and on. Diagnostic errors are also common. And, according to a recent report, there are several reasons why.

How can we combat unnecessary medical errors? Listen to patients

The phrase "never event" was first introduced a decade ago as the designation for serious, preventable medical errors that were occurring in hospital settings in Atlanta Metro and all across the nation.

Staph infections, operations on the wrong body part, and instruments or medical supplies left inside patients' body cavities post-surgery are among the long list of never events that have happened.

Despite efforts to heighten awareness through the years, these instances continue to occur. Feedback analyzed from patient satisfaction surveys and letters could point to potential reasons why.

Top 7 safest hospitals in Georgia. Is yours on the list?

Countless hospital all across the nation have been cited for failing to follow proper safety protocols that have led to never events-or accidents that unnecessarily occur from the negligent acts of physicians or hospital staff.

To maintain transparency and awareness, many nonprofit organizations, like the Leapfrog Group, often keep tabs on hospitals and how they're performing.

The group recently conducted a survey using 2014 government data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Over 2500 hospitals nationwide were analyzed and a list of the top scoring entities, including those located in Georgia, was released.

Legal help for Fulton County nursing home neglect


When a Fulton County family makes the difficult decision to place an elderly or ill loved one in a nursing home, they are expecting that there will be a reasonable standard of care provided. Unfortunately, there are many instances in which there not only is a failure to care for the residents effectively, but there are examples of outright nursing home abuse that results in injury, illness and even death. For families who suspect that there is nursing home negligence or abuse occurring, it is imperative that they know how to proceed to put a stop to it and seek to be compensated for it.

There are numerous ways in which a resident of a nursing facility can be mistreated. It is not simply a matter of physical abuse. A patient can be emotionally abused and sexually abused. He or she might not receive the proper medications at the appropriate times, not be fed and suffer from malnutrition, suffer falls because of not being assisted when necessary, decline due to a lack of care and die because of many factors.

Georgia fatal car crash kills mother and unborn baby


It is a sad fact that anytime a person goes out on the road in Fulton County, there is the possibility that there will be a fatal car crash. There is no way to prepare for it, and it happens to those who are obeying all the traffic laws and driving cautiously, as well as those behaving recklessly. Car accidents are impossible to predict, and it is the worst nightmare for family members to receive that phone call or knock at the door informing them of the loss of a loved one in a crash. After they happen, there is a great deal for the family left behind to consider and deal with.

A pregnant woman and the child she was carrying were killed in a three-car crash. The 25-year-old woman was driving an Acura 3.2 TL when a Honda CR-V pulled into her path. In an effort to avoid the Honda, the woman drove into the opposite lane of the road. Her car was hit by a Cadillac. She was taken to the hospital where she was declared dead. The driver of the Cadillac was also taken to the hospital. The investigation is ongoing and charges are possible.

What are examples and signs of elder abuse?


When a family in Georgia or across the country decides that they need to place a loved one in a nursing home, it can be a difficult decision. While there's an expectation that the family member will be cared for properly by the medical professionals on staff, a substantial fear of family members is that the nursing home staff will commit elder abuse. Knowing the facts about the specifics of abuse and what the signs are can help for it to be recognized and stopped.

Elder abuse is defined as violent acts that are perpetrated against people age 60 or above. This can include physical, sexual, emotional, neglectful and abandoning behaviors. Physical abuse occurs when the elderly person is harmed after having been assaulted in some way. It it often linked to kicking or hitting, but it can also involve pushing and excess force. Sexual abuse is the act of forcing the elderly person to take part in sexual acts that he or she doesn't consent to or is unable to consent or object to. With emotional abuse, such acts as intimidating, yelling at, frightening, damaging personal property or making threats are deemed fall into this category.

Fatal accident claims life of motorcyclist


It's important for motorists in Fulton County to share the road safely with other vehicles. While most drivers are cognizant of others on the road whether it's a truck, car, motorcycle, bicycle or pedestrian, it's inevitable that accidents will sometimes happen. In the worst case scenario, it will be a fatal accident. Frequently, there is a fatality with motorcycle accidents due to the vulnerability of the rider. Any kind of crash involving a motorcycle can end with severe injuries or death.

A 24-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a crash with a Chevy Tahoe. The motorcycle was heading south and the 2007 Tahoe was heading north. The driver of the Tahoe turned his vehicle into the path of the motorcycle as he was trying to enter a driveway. The motorcyclist hit the brakes, but still crashed into the Tahoe. He was taken to the hospital where he died. Since the driver of the Tahoe failed to yield to the motorcyclist, he was arrested on charges of second degree vehicular homicide as well as failing to yield.

Truck driver fatigue a major danger on the road


People on the road in Fulton County must be constantly aware of the presence of large trucks sharing the road with them. These trucks serve a vital role in the nation's economy and provide goods and jobs across the nation. Their sheer size, however, makes them a danger for serious injury and fatality if there is an 18-wheeler accident. One reason that these accidents happen is truck driver fatigue. It's important to understand the various reasons why these kinds of accidents occur.

While it may not help to avoid all accidents due to a truck driver being fatigued, it is important to spot fatigue when accidents do happen. In the aftermath of an accident, it's difficult for the investigators to know whether or not drowsy driving was the cause. There are telltale signs though. For example, tired truck drivers frequently operate their vehicles at odd hours. The truck company might want a particular product delivered at a certain time, and it is required that the driver push the envelope with respect to adhering to the laws dictating how much one is allowed to drive over the course of a specified time.

Elderly nurse seriously injured when hit by delivery truck


An auto accident can lead to major problems for people in Fulton County. Those involved can be seriously injured and face massive medical expenses with long-term issues. Certain kinds of accidents can cause more extensive damage. For example, if a person is a pedestrian and is hit by a vehicle, the injuries they suffer from will likely be more serious than if they're in another vehicle.

A 70-year-old woman who works as a nurse in an assisted-living facility was critically injured when she was hit by a delivery truck at approximately 12:40 p.m. The truck was driving in reverse from the facility when the auto accident occurred. The woman was dragged and stuck under the vehicle. When she was extricated, she was flown to the hospital, had surgery and is in intensive care.

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