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Malfunctions cause hospital errors in South Carolina and beyond

Common opinion is that technology and computerized equipment can minimize human error and increase the performance of medical professionals in hospitals around the globe. Yet, one study has found that even technological tools lead to medical errors, and they actually do so at a much higher rate than previously thought.

According to Medical Daily, medical tool malfunction causes up to 70 percent of surgical blunders. The study attributes this astounding figure to the type of equipment placed in hospital operating rooms. Another large chunk of mistakes arises from faulty tools and incorrect or defective equipment programming. Considering these apparatuses are supposed to assist humans with providing precise medical care, it seems counterproductive that medical technology can be rife with problems that might impact someone's health and quality of life.

In an effort to combat the penetration of equipment failure problems, the World Health Organization now recommends that all operating rooms within medical facilities around the world complete a series of equipment examinations prior to performing surgeries. Doctors and other medical professionals can also perform investigations throughout operations.

These actions are supposed to serve as checkpoints to counteract possible malfunctions or incorrect technological settings in order to ensure favorable equipment conditions. In fact, data demonstrates that checklists can significantly improve equipment performance. Medical Daily reports that checklists and similar preventative procedures can reduce errors by up to 60 percent.

However, anyone whose family member or loved one has been a victim of medical misdiagnosis due to equipment defects may question whether a 60 percent error reduction is truly enough of an improvement. One medical malpractice case where a victim becomes injured, disabled, or even dies is one case too many, and these victims deserve justice for their suffering. An attorney who handles hospital negligence may be able to help someone seeking compensation for their injuries or those of a loved one.

Source: Medical Daily, "Suing For Malpractice?: 70% Of Medical Errors Can Be Blamed On Technology And Equipment Failures", Anoopa Singh, July 25, 2013

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