Chicago Medical Malpractice Case a Textbook Example of Birth Injury

Posted on July 18, 2016 by

Birth injuries can have devastating costs for children and their families, both emotional and financial. Even worse, these emotional and medical costs are often preventable. We can use a recent medical malpractice case to explore the consequences of birth injuries further. A Chicago mother and her child were awarded $53 million from a medical malpractice… Read more »

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Why A Former Microsoft Engineer is Determined to Improve Hospital Safety

Posted on July 04, 2016 by

The Seattle Times recently published the story of a former Microsoft engineer who was left paralyzed from the chest down due to a medical mistake. According to The Seattle Times, the engineer had suffered from ankylosing spondylitis, a condition that causes the spinal cord to become inflamed and brittle. The condition can also cause spinal… Read more »

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Are Alerts and Alarms Contributing to Hospital Mistakes?

Posted on June 27, 2016 by

Hospitals are increasingly using electronic patient records and other technologies that can alert doctors, nurses and other staff to patient emergencies or other events. Doctors are bombarded with reminders on their smartphones, email popups to attend meetings and electronic patient records that warn of dangerous medication interactions or allergies. The alerts are so frequent that… Read more »

Tags: HospitalSafety
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How to Use the Internet to Pull Your Doctor’s Disciplinary History

Posted on June 13, 2016 by

We recently wrote a blog suggesting that medical mistakes have become the third leading cause of death in the United States, coming only behind cancer and heart disease. Although other hospital staff members are sometimes responsible for medical mistakes, it cannot hurt to check your doctor’s disciplinary history before setting up an appointment. Depending on… Read more »

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Can Predatory Bacteria Halt the Spread of Superbugs?

Posted on June 01, 2016 by

Superbugs are antibiotic resistant bacteria that researchers suggest may kill 10 million people every year by 2050. The threat posed by superbugs is so serious that some researchers have compared it to global warming. World health organizations are calling for an ‘antibiotics revolution’ to stop the spread and development of new superbugs. Such a revolution… Read more »

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Patient Profiling: Are Addicts Mistreated by Medical Professionals?

Posted on May 30, 2016 by

An estimated 23.5 million Americans suffer from drug and alcohol addiction. Unfortunately, Americans with medical histories of addiction may be treated in a discriminatory fashion by health care professionals. Even patients suspected of being addicts may run into trouble. This practice is referred to as ‘patient profiling’, where patients are stereotyped by medical professionals to… Read more »

Tags: PatientSafety
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Why Patients Are at Risk of Medication Errors During Hospital Discharge

Posted on May 23, 2016 by

Medication errors are an increasingly common threat to patients being discharged from hospitals. Four years ago, researchers at Harvard Medical School conducted a study on medication errors and hospital discharges. Researchers used 851 hospital patients undergoing treatment for heart disease to assess the scope of the problem. Half of the patients experienced medication errors during… Read more »

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Bad News: Medical Mistakes Become the Third Leading Cause of Death in U.S.

Posted on May 18, 2016 by

New research published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) claims medical mistakes have become the third leading cause of death in America, right behind cancer and heart disease. In a strange twist of irony, it seems hospitals may be among the most dangerous places for your health. A similar study published in 1999 discovered medical… Read more »

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