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 Point-Of-Care: The Journal of Near-Patient Testing & … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice Shuts Down Kidney Transplant Program at California Hospital

The University of Southern California recently shut down it's kidney transplant unit after implanting a kidney in the wrong patient. An investigation is underway to determine what holes in the program allowed for such horrid medical malpractice. Fortunately, no patient was injured, due to the fortunate fact that the kidney was a universal 'O' blood type. Had that not been the case, someone could have died. 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. Medical … [Read more...]

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 Medical 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 … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice Lawyers Keep 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 … [Read more...]

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 Several 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 … [Read more...]

Bedsores: A growing $11 Billion Industry

A recently published study estimated that the annual cost of medical errors in the U.S. in 2008 was $19.5 billion dollars. 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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]