Monthly Archives: September 2017

Can New Jersey’s Master Person Index Prevent Hospital Errors?

A blog we posted earlier this week discussed how medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Only heart disease and cancer kill more Americans per year. Patient misidentification is one reason medical errors occur. When patients with similar or identical names are mixed up, they can receive the wrong diagnosis or medications. The health outcomes for these patients can be fatal or life-altering. However, New Jersey is rolling out a program that will attempt to reduce the number of these errors in our state. The New Jersey Innovation Institute is working to create a Master Person Index that will gather health records of every person in the state. Patient records will be gathered from and shared between hospitals, medical clinics, urgent care facilities, doctor’s offices and pharmacies. Records from the New Jersey Department of Health will also be included in the database to ensure…
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Are Medical Errors Really the Third Leading Cause of Death in the US?

British Medical Journal (also called BMJ) released a controversial study last year that estimated medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. According to the study, medical errors may kill 250,000 people in the US each year. Only heart disease and cancer kill more Americans annually. Authors of the study, including a surgeon at Johns Hopkins, argued that many medical errors go unnoticed because they are not included on patient death certificates. According to the study authors, the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) system that collects data for patient deaths does not include common causes for medical errors. For example, they argued that the CDC’s statistics do not include breakdowns in communication and diagnostic errors. The CDC disputed these claims. The American Association for Justice (AAJ) has posted studies on its website that touch on this subject. According to a study published in the Journal…
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Woman Injured by Plane Propeller at Newark Airport

Port Authority officials are investigating a tragic work accident that occurred at a Newark airport. According to Port Authority New York and New Jersey police, a Prime Flight employee was struck by a moving propeller at Newark Liberty International Airport. Authorities said the woman was injured by a plane propeller operated by CommutAir, a company that conducts flights for United Express. The 54-year-old worker is being treated at University Hospital for severe head trauma. What Is a Third Party Lawsuit? In many cases, employees who are injured on the job cannot file lawsuits against their employers. Instead, injured workers can rely on workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ comp benefits may pay for medical services, medications and lost income. However, there are cases where it is possible to file a lawsuit against third parties who are responsible for a workplace accident. These are parties that have no employee-employer relationship with the injured…
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