How Can Patients Protect Themselves from Readmissions?

Posted on November 23, 2016 by

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) statistics show that one in five hospital patients face readmission within 30 days after discharge. Hospital readmissions remain high across the country for several reasons. Patients may succumb to infections after leaving the hospital, or they may be released before receiving adequate treatment. Hospitals may also do a… Read more »

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Posted in Medical Malpractice

Can This National Campaign Prevent Chemotherapy Errors?

Posted on November 21, 2016 by

A campaign launched by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) is seeking to prevent medical mistakes involving a certain type of chemotherapy drug. The “Just Bag It” campaign centers around vincristine, a drug used to treat patients with leukemia and lymphoma. Since the 1960’s, there have been 125 fatal chemotherapy errors worldwide caused by this… Read more »

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Posted in Medication Errors

Did You Know You Can Check Your Hospital Safety Score?

Posted on November 14, 2016 by

Would you spend thousands of dollars at a restaurant without checking the reviews first? How about the hospital performing your next heart surgery? Checking a hospital safety score may help you avoid medical mistakes or being exposed to deadly superbugs. The Leapfrog Group is an organization obsessed with hospital safety. They conduct detailed surveys on… Read more »

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Posted in Medical Negligence

How Are Patients Harmed by Radiology Errors?

Posted on November 07, 2016 by

Radiology errors can cause patients to suffer permanent disabilities or death. The case of former computer programmer Jennifer Drumm is a sad example. The story begins on a Friday night, when Jennifer Drumm checked herself into a hospital over a severe headache. She had called it “the worst headache in her life.” Jennifer’s doctor was… Read more »

Tags: Misdiagnosis
Posted in Medical Negligence

Should Hospitals Take Cyberattack Threats Seriously?

Posted on November 02, 2016 by

Several recent examples of hackers holding patient records hostage have been circulated by news outlets. Hospitals have also faced direct attacks on their IT systems. Other cybersecurity risks at hospitals are far more serious and involve equipment used to treat and monitor patients. These attempts show that patient safety and cybersecurity are becoming intertwined. The… Read more »

Tags: PatientSafety
Posted in Medical Malpractice

Do Hospitals and Doctors Lie During Medical Malpractice Lawsuits?

Posted on October 31, 2016 by

ProPublica recently published an interview with a retired doctor who admitted he lied under oath during a medical malpractice lawsuit twenty years ago. According to the doctor, he was lying to protect a colleague who had made a horrific surgery mistake. The mistake caused a stroke that left the patient permanently brain damaged. Attorneys representing… Read more »

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Posted in Medical Malpractice Trial

The Florida Medical Malpractice Case that Will Shock You

Posted on October 26, 2016 by

The Florida Board of Medicine may revoke the license of a doctor who failed to treat one of his cancer patients with chemotherapy. According to Florida Health Department officials involved in the case, there is “clear and convincing evidence” that the doctor committed medical malpractice and financially exploited his patient. This doctor’s failure to diagnose… Read more »

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Posted in Misdiagnosis

Is Your Hospital Guilty of this Common Mistake?

Posted on October 24, 2016 by

Patient identification mistakes are tragic and preventable. When these mistakes are made, patients have organs unnecessarily removed, are subjected to harmful treatments and given unnecessary medications. Take for example a recent case in Massachusetts, where a surgeon working as a contractor removed a kidney from the wrong patient! To be honest, these types of errors… Read more »

Tags: HospitalSafety
Posted in Medical Negligence


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