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What You Need To Know About Medical Errors

Are you knowledgeable about medical errors? Do you know what warning signs to look for? Well, luckily for you, a recent article by Becker's Healthcare just listed the top 10 things you need to know about medical errors. Some of them include things like the most common preventable medical errors (spoilers: they include infections and medication errors). Medical errors are occurring on the state level to varying degrees. For example, about 25% of Massachusetts residents have experienced a medical error in the past five years, according to a Harvard research study.

So, what are health professionals doing about this? Well, according to the Becker article, "In June 2015, the National Patient Safety Foundation released guidelines developed to help healthcare organizations improve the way they investigate medical errors, adverse events and near misses. NPSF, with a grant from The Doctors Company Foundation, convened a panel of experts and stakeholders to examine best practices around root cause analyses and developed new standardized guidelines."

Want to know more? Read the original article here:

http://www.beckersasc.com/asc-quality-infection-control/10-things-to-know-about-medical-errors.html

If you've been the victim of a medical error, it may be time to seek legal counsel. Also especially important, If you have been the victim of an erroneous prescription and have suffered significantly as a result, it is crucial to hold on to the medication vial. It is important both legally and medically (so medical professionals know how to help you and what went wrong). If you feel that you've been a victim of a serious medical mistake, it may be time to seek legal counsel. Attorney Doug Stoehr is skilled in taking these types of claims and is your local hometown lawyer who can get the job done! Contact his Altoona, PA area office at 814-946-4100 for your free initial consultation.

Springtime Biking Hazards

Recently, there was a bicycle/car collision in Wilkinsburg, PA that resulted in the death of the bicyclist. The victim, who was hit on Ardmore Boulevard, died from trauma to his head and neck. Alcohol was not suspected on either the part of the bicyclist or the car driver, who stopped and cooperated with the police. To read more about the case, please click here.

http://www.wtae.com/news/bicycist-hit-along-ardmore-boulevard/37633192

Even in the winter, many people gravitate outside to run, bike, walk, and spend time with their families. Although this can provide an excellent outlet for fun and recreation, it can also lead to potential bicycle and pedestrian accidents. When driving this winter, be alert for pedestrians and bicyclists on the road, especially small children that may not be easily seen. By being alert and considerate and sharing the road, you will avoid serious injuries and complications to those around you. If you plan to bike or run outside, wear bright colors and make sure that you give appropriate and clear turning signals with your arms so that drivers know when and where you intend to turn.

Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr works with clients who have been injured in pedestrian and bicycle accidents. If you would like a consultation regarding your personal injury, please contact our law office at 814-946-4100.

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