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Secrecy and More Secrecy

I swear it is not just me.  While I have been concerned about the effects of secrecy in health care and malpractice litigation for some time, the news lately is just full of stories about patients being kept in the … Read More

Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, Arizona Medical Board, Defensive Medicine, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Infection, Lawsuits, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice claims, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Medicare, Secrecy |

Hospitals Can Be Dangerous To Your Health.

The Depression Era bank robber Willie Sutton was famously quoted as saying that he robbed banks because, “That’s where the money is.”  Today, hospitals can be dangerous to your health because, “That’s where the sick people are.” When you go … Read More

Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, blood infections, Doctors, health, healthy living, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Infection, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Nurses, Sepsis |

Superbugs Are Still Hiding in Hospitals

Superbugs is a name given to drug-resistant bacteria.  While no illness is a good one, an infection with superbugs is really bad because regular antibiotics are ineffective.  Drug resistance develops through the process of natural selection.  Normal bugs are exposed … Read More

Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, health, Hospitals, Infection, Nurses, science news |

Medical Devices Continue To Harm Patients

Medical devices cause a lot of harm to patients.  I have written about the problems with power morcellators that spread cancer and with endoscopes, which were designed in such a way that they could not be properly cleaned and as a result … Read More

Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, General Health, health, Health Care Costs, Hip Replacement, Medical Devices, Power Morcellators, Secrecy |

Infections: The Toughest Medical Malpractice Cases

Although everyone wishes it were otherwise, infections and hospitals are inextricably linked.  Hospitals treat the sickest people and many of them have infections.  Some of those infections have developed resistance to antibiotics.  Despite programs to promote good hygiene and prevent … Read More

Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, blood infections, Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice claims, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, plaintiff |

As If You Didn’t Have Enough To Worry About.

Hospitals can be scary places.  We are usually there because we are sick or because we are visiting someone who is sick.  The notable exceptions are the labor and delivery area and the newborn nursery.  Visits there have the greatest … Read More

Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, blood infections, Doctors, Hospitals, Infection, Nurses, science news, Sepsis |

How To Get Doctors To Do the Right Thing.

How to get doctors to do the right thing is a perennial question in medicine.  Whether in Phoenix, Arizona or somewhere else, many doctors just don’t like to be told what to do.  They don’t like other people second guessing … Read More

Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, Defensive Medicine, Doctors, electronic medical records, Health Care Costs, Medical Costs, medical mistakes, science news |

Dirty Scopes, Deadly Bacteria, Deadly Secrets

The story of the endoscopes that sickened and killed patients just keeps getting worse and worse.  When I first wrote about it, I focused on the actions of the Seattle hospital that discovered it was transmitting deadly infections to patients … Read More

Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, disclosure of medical mistakes, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Infection, medical errors, medical ethics, medical malpractice lawsuits, Medical Negligence, Sepsis |

Dirty Scopes and Deadly Bacteria Revisited

On a couple of occasions, I have written about the problems some hospitals have had properly sterilizing the endoscopes they use in certain procedures involving the gastrointestinal tract.  You can read those posts here, here and here.  The problem was … Read More

Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, blood infections, disclosure of medical mistakes, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Medical Negligence, Secrecy |

When Good Medical Instruments Go Bad

Recently I commented upon a story about a Seattle area hospital which knew it was infecting patients with endoscopes due to inadequate sterilization techniques but was keeping this critical information from its patients.  To make matters worse, the infections involved antibiotic-resistant bacteria … Read More

Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, blood infections, disclosure of medical mistakes, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, medical ethics, Secrecy |