Medical Malpractice Attorneys Support POCT Patient Safety Initiatives

Point-of-care testing is medical testing that produces results near the patient as opposed to in a lab. The benefits to point-of-care testing are almost infinite as necessary treatment can be expedited almost immediately through the use of rapidly returning test results. But with such beneficial and life-saving technology comes a great responsibility to protect patient safety and avoid medical errors. Medical malpractice attorneys support any and all initiatives aimed at protecting patients from POCT related negligence.

Medical Journal Calls Medical Providers to Task of Patient Safety

medical malpractice attorneys in nj and paPoint-Of-Care: The Journal of Near-Patient Testing & Technology released a special issue last month highlighting the need for increased vigilance to medical errors related to POCT. The issue contains editorials, research studies, and case reports that provide an overview of the policies in place for other medical providers which assist in assuring patient safety.

James H. Nichols, PhD, Professor of pathology at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston and medical director of clinical chemistry for Baystate Health in Springfield, Mass, provided the issues introduction. In it he states:

“While the theme is patient safety, each article is different and the authors were not constrained to one format or question, but free to express their concerns and perceptions around the theme of patient safety and medical errors.”

The issue also features information on some of the most recent technological advances in POCT, including built in quality-controls and security measures which, in themselves, can help prevent errors. Presently, very few formal rules or guidelines exist when it comes to point-of-care-testing, but new standards are continuously being developed and the FDA is in the process of solidifying their own guidelines by performing assessments of POCT devices. Patient safety and identification, operator training, timely results, and system alerts were just a few of the topics mentioned in the journal regarding necessary focuses of error prevention.

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Medical errors claim the lives of patients everyday. The medical malpractice attorneys at Messa & Associates are in full supoprt of any steps medical providers take to help prevent those medical errors. If you or a loved one have been injured by any form of medical malpractice or negligence, contact the medical malpractice attorneys of Messa & Associates for a free consultation. Call toll-free 1-877-MessaLaw, or submit a free online inquiry form.

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Medical Malpractice Shuts Down Kidney Transplant Program at California Hospital

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After the error was discovered, the hospital quickly began working to locate an eligible recipient for the additional kidney. Luckily, the intended recipient of the misplaced kidney received an organ just a few days later.

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While the patients involved in this potentially fatal mishap remained well and everything turned out okay, these errors occur regularly, and outcomes are not always so positive. Almost 100,000 patients will lose their lives each year to preventable medical errors, and most families won’t see the justice they so clearly deserve.

If you or a loved one have suffered at the hands of a negligent medical provider, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. You may also call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia. Our medical malpractice lawyers are dedicated to earning full and fair compensation for innocent patients victimized by avoidable medical negligence.
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Medical Malpractice Not a New Concern, According to Harvey Cushing’s Notes

Though it may seem that medical malpractice is somewhat of a new and current concern, Johns Hopkins University researchers have stumbled upon some information that screams otherwise.

Harvey Cushing Notes Provide Substantial Insight

new jersey philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys harvey cushing notesMedical students at the University researched and reviewed notes written by American neurosurgeon Harvey Cushing. Cushing is considered the “father of modern neurosurgery” and a pioneer of the brain surgery that we know of today. He developed many of the techniques that neurosurgeons still use, dramatically increasing patient survival rates after such invasive and dangerous procedures on the brain.

Katherine Latimer, principle author of the insightful review, stated that, “Acknowledging medical errors is evidently something that doctors identified early on as critical to advancement a very long time ago.” Through the very difficult task of deciphering Cushing’s handwriting and abbreviations, Latimer and her colleagues found 30 cases of medical malpractice, all of which could be attributed to either human error, equipment or tool oversights, or judgement errors on the part of physicians. Cushing describes operating on the wrong side of a patient’s brian, dropping instruments into surgical wounds, and not having enough wax during a procedure to seal blood vessels (an old technique no longer utilized).

Cushing’s ability to identify his own shortcomings played a huge part in the strides he made in neurosurgery before his retirement in 1937. His open documentation of medical errors was vital to identifying problems and then developing solutions to avoid them in the future. Latimer and her fellow authors agreed with Cushing’s methods of malpractice documentation:

“People are human and will make medical mistakes, but being vigilant about your own shortcomings is critical to improving. To keep medical innovation flowing, we need to strive to maintain this same vigilance today.”

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Many doctors today will deny their negligence, rather than admit to it and face it head on. Patients feel wronged when their medical providers lie to them about their procedures instead of being honest about what actually happened while they were under anesthesia.

If you are the victim of medical malpractice, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation, or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia. You are entitled compensation for pain and suffering, as well as any economic losses associated with the medical errors.

Medical Malpractice Lawyers Keep Debunking Tort Reform Myths!

new jersey philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers debunking tort reform myths A key issue in the tort reform debate involves “defensive medicine.” Supporters of medical malpractice litigation reform claim that “defensive medicine,” usually in the form unnecessary and preemptive testing, is largely due to a widespread physician fear of lawsuits. They claim that these tests drive up the costs of health care, and that reducing a doctor’s chances of being sued would simultaneously reduce the occurrences of defensive medicine, and thus reduce the costs of health care. However, a recent study performed out of the University of Iowa and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted to public health) found that in states where tort reform legislation was passed, defensive medicine is still being practiced and doctors are still just as fearful of being sued.

Study Finds that Tort Reform Allegations are Simply Propoganda

Researchers achieved their results by ranking lawsuit risk on a state-by-state basis by the amount of claims actually paid by medical malpractice insurance companies. Research found that doctors who practiced in low-risk states (states that have passed their own tort reform legislation) had essentially the same amount of anxiety about being sued as doctors in high risk states (states that have not passed any type of malpractice reform). Defensive medicine is still being practiced, and therefore tort reform did not lower health care costs. The study stated:

“Overall, the study suggests that current tort reform efforts aimed at reducing malpractice risk would be relatively ineffective in alleviating physicians’ concern about lawsuits and therefore may not alter defensive medicine practices.”

Tort Reformists Ignoring Real Issue

What is alarming is that recent studies have shown that medical malpractice is not decreasing, despite defensive medicine and other efforts. A study of 10 North Carolina hospitals published in the New England Journal of Medicine (read our blog regarding this study) assessed 2,300 random patient files. Of those 2,300 patients, 39%endured some sort of medical error or patient harm. Seventeen errors resulted in permanent injury, and fourteen resulted in death.

It seems that more time and effort should be spent on correcting the horrid rate of medical errors, rather than saving HMO’s and negligent medical providers money. While tort reformists and insurance lobbyists push to limit liability and cap damages for injured patients, doctors and hospitals continue to harm patients at an unacceptable rate. It looks like priorities in this matter have been seriously skewed.

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Medical Malpractice Could Be Avoided With Surgical Checklists

A recent study led by Eefjie de Vries and a team at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam found that medical malpractice that occured between 2004 and 2005 could have been thwarted by the use of simple checklist.

The Importance of Surgical Checklists

new jersey philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers avoid using surgical checklistSeveral hospitals in the Netherlands use a checklist called SURPASS to assure that all the proper steps have been taken before a patient goes under the knife. Steps on the list include the confirmation of vital aspects of surgery such as the operating schedule, equipment availability, and surgical site. De Vries and his team found that of all of the medical errors that occured between 2004 and 2005, 29% of them could be attributed to at least one of the steps on the checklist. Additionally, 4 of the 10 deaths caused by medical malpractice could be linked back to the checklist.

Eefjie de Vries commented on the use of the checlist, saying:

While the checklist as a whole may seem a little intimidating, the separate parts for each stage of the surgical pathway take little time to complete.

Intimidating or not, if a checklist will save lives, than it’s ludacris that such a method of prevention is not universally utilized.

Medical Malpractice in the United States

In the United States, it is estimated that 2.4% of healthcare costs, or 55 billion dollars, goes to the effects of medical errors. Also, reports have shown that tens of thousands of patients die each year in the United States due to medical malpractice and negligence.

The use of a checklist would not only save lives, but dramatically cut the spending attributed to correcting medical errors, or compensating the seriously injured.

Atul Gawande, a surgeon at the Harvard School of Public Health, has written extensively on the topic of medical malpractice prevention, and was quoted as saying:

. . . surgeons who do not use one of these checklists are endangering patients.

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Surgical checklists are a simple and inexpensive way to provide additional safety to patients undergoing surgery. The fact that only a fourth of US hopsitals utilize such a simple fix is befuddling. Medical malpractice is a serious threat to patients everywhere, and medical providers should be doing everything in their power to prevent it.

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Bedsores: A growing $11 Billion Industry

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Of that 19.5 billion, 11 billion payed for the treatment of bedsores or pressure sores.

The study reported that about 1.5 million measurable medical errors happen annually, according to co-author Jonathon Shreve. It also found the 10 most common medical errors in the U.S., and found that most of the cost of medical errors can be attributed to 5 common errors:

– Pressure Ulcers
– Postoperative Infections
– Mechanical Complications of Devices, Implants, or Grafts
– Postlaminectomy Syndrome – persistance of pain and/or disability following back surgery and
– Hemorrhages complicationg a procedure

Bedsores alone are costing upwards of $11 billion dollars a year to treat. Bedsores are completely avoidable occurences, and there is no excuse for the astounding amount of patients suffering through them. They cause immense pain, and in many cases, infection.
Nursing home and hospital care must become more attentive and compassionate in order to move in the direction of correcting this serious plight.

Are you a Victim of Medical Errors or Negligence?

If you or a loved one have suffered as a result of a medical error, or perhaps negligence or abuse at a nursing home or long term care facility, you’ll need the help of nursing home abuse or medical malpractice attorney.

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Medical Malpractice Payments at an All Time Low

Amidst all the talk of so called tort reform and “frivolous lawsuits” comes a study by the Public Citizen, a non profit organization based in Washington D.C. that represents consumer interests through lobbying, litigation, research, and public education. The study illustrates the decline in medical malpractice payments since 1999.
In 2008, the number of malpractice payments was the lowest it’s been since the formation of the federal government’s National Practitioner Data Bank, which has tracked medical malpractice payments since 1990. 2008 was the third consecutive year that medical malpractice payments sunk to an all time low.

Unfortunately, the decline in payments has nothing to do with a reduction in medical errors and everything to do with the increase in the number of victims not being compensated. This also means that there are fewer incentives for doctors and nurses to reduce errors. According to a 1999 study done by the Institute of Medicine entitled “To Err is Human,” an estimated 44,000 to 98,000 hospital patients are killed every year due to avoidable medical mistakes.
Yet fewer than 15,000 malpractice payments were made in 1999. Those numbers DO NOT include the number of patients who suffered serious, non-fatal injuries. The large gap between the victims and the compensated has likely grown larger since 1999, as there is no evidence that any meaningful improvements to medical safety have been made.

In a series of graphs and charts, the Public Citizen thoroughly demonstrates the fall in malpractice payments in the last decade. In five years, there was a loss of 3,336 medical malpractice payments made on behalf of physicians. That means that while the number of victimized patients was rising, the number of those patients being compensated was falling. Studies since the 1970’s show that medical errors greatly outnumber lawsuits.
Perhaps the kind of reform that would greatly reduce the legal liability of our health care system is not the kind of reform that’s needed. It seems that medical errors are shockingly prevalent. Problems should be fixed at their source. Eliminating medical errors, rather than reforming our tort system, should be a goal of priority.

It’s been easy to drum up support for so called tort reform by blaming our health care woes on medical malpractice cases and “junk lawsuits,” but the numbers tell a very different story. In 2006, medical malpractice payments accounted for between .18 and .58 percent of all health care costs. 2006 is the most recent year with all of the necessary information available to make these comparisons.

Medical malpractice is a very serious issue, and something that is affecting patients everyday. Most doctors are wonderful and care tremendously for their patients. They are careful and follow well established rules of the medical profession to prevent errors.
However, a very small minority are not so caring and do not follow the rules. It is the mission of a trial attorney to represent those victimized by medical malpractice and earn them the compensation they deserve.

The trial attorneys at Mininno Law Firm want to help you get the compensation you deserve. If you or a loved one have recently suffered due to medical malpractice, you must act quickly! A two year statute of limitations can prevent you from being able to hold liable those who have harmed you.
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Lasik Eye Surgery may help you see more clearly, but how safe is it really?

The Food and Drug Administration announced on Thursday October 15, 2009 that it will start looking into the negative effects associated with corrective laser eye surgery. Some of these negative effects may include blurred vision and dry eyes. The FDA is going to work with the National Eye Institute and the Department of Defense to investigate the amount of people that experience negative side effects after having this corrective eye surgery. This research will include patient questionnaires and clinical trials to help keep track of patients who have had the surgery. These procedures by the FDA will hopefully help in be able to better understand the effects of laser eye surgery and its long term safety, because it is still unknown. Approximately six million Americans have had this Lasik eye corrective surgery which reshapes the cornea, but the long term safety has been unknown. It is good that the FDA is investigating the negative side effects that people could experience, but it may have been better if they would have done this before six million people have had the surgery. There were years of complaints from patients and the FDA just now decided to step in and look at the problems. Part of this reason seems to be because these types of surgeries cost between a thousand to five thousand dollars to perform. It seems like yet again, money is put before patient care and safety. This is not the way it should be. Maybe the FDA should take a better look at its policies too. Patients should always come first.

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Bayer Warned by FDA for YAZ Testing Problems

The birth control Yasmin or Yaz has caused much controversy and concerns since it was first brought on the market back in March. Many people are concerned about the serious side effects of the pill and how Bayer seemed to have made these side effects not seem as serious as they are. Another thing that Bayer was warned about by the Food and Drug Administration or the FDA that they did not think was a serious problem was the testing of the quality of the pills. It measured the quality of its ingredients based on an average of several samples instead of reporting the individual test results of each sample like they should. Bayer then continued to ship eight batches of pills tested using this unapproved method to the U.S. The drug patches were reviewed after the FDA’s warning to Bayer, but Bayer says the batches shipped between 2007-2009 were not affected by this unapproved testing method. Since this warning, the FDA now requires that Bayer provide a full list of the shipments to the U.S. that may have used this average testing method and to require Bayer to come up with a plan to prevent the problem from happening again.  Bayer has produced many important medications that many people use and depend on daily. Maybe this method has not caused any real problems, but when it comes to the medicines we give ourselves as well as those we love, double checking does not hurt. It seems like this time Bayer may have gotten overwhelmed by the money they were making that they overlooked some safety measures. Safety however always needs to and should come first each and every time.

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Chamber of Commerce Attacking Legal System through Radio Ads

In this country, we all have the right to hold another person or party, or even corporation responsible for their acts of negligence, malpractice and other cases of harm. Recently, the Chamber of Commerce has entered the radio advertisement arena in an attempt to protect its high standing members from these lawsuits and claims of negligence. They claim that this is to protect people from meaningless lawsuits, but these ad campaigns are supported by the same people that the Chamber of Commerce is trying to protect, including oil, tobacco, and insurance companies. It seems to like the Chamber of Commerce does not really care about proper care and practices for individuals and Americans, it seems like they care more about protecting their highest paying and loyal supporters. Once again money is put before rights and in this country people have fought for those rights and they deserve the chance to exercise them when the situation calls for it. People’s rights and needs should come first before money, but once again, this is not the case. If people listen to the ads of the Chamber of Commerce than people will not be able to sue for neglect or abuse of a loved one in a nursing home, or a injury due to a product defect or the injuries that can error due to improper label of products. If the members of the Chamber of Commerce were injured due to malpractice they would want to have the right to sue, so other people deserve this right as well.

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