Medical Malpractice Down Under
A sad story appeared recently in the national press. A young cricket player in Australia broke her thumb in a game. She went to a nationally recognized hospital in her area for treatment. She was correctly told that this could … Read More
Posted in Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, never events, Nurses, Orthopedics, Surgical Errors
Hospitals and the Weekend Effect
The weekend effect is a recognized phenomenon in the medical world. You and I aren’t the only people who like to have some time off on the weekends. So do doctors and nurses and the many other workers who are … Read More
Improving Hospital Care
Anyone who has ever been a hospital patient or who has had a loved one in the hospital has seen errors in care. They occur on almost a daily basis and they come in all shapes and sizes. Modern medical … Read More
Posted in Arizona Medical Board, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice claims, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Nurses, Secrecy, Surgical Errors
Malpractice Can Happen At Even The Best Hospitals
Two of the best hospitals in the United States made headlines in the bad way recently when they were called out for deaths following what should have been routine blood transfusions. The two hospitals were the University of Texas MD … Read More
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
Secrecy Plus The Desire For Profits Equals Patient Deaths
Over the years I have discussed a number of topics which relate to patient safety. These include secrecy, money, training, medical ethics, and surgical experience. Every once in a while a story comes along which touches on all of these … Read More
Black Box Medicine: It’s A Thing.
We have all heard about the self-driving cars that are coming to a highway near you in the not-too-distant future. They are powered by artificial intelligence (“AI”). We had a fatal accident here in Arizona last year when a self-driving … Read More
Arizona Hospitals Busted by Medicare for Patient Safety Lapses.
I am not the only one who believes that there are patient safety problems at Arizona hospitals. Medicare has announced that it is penalizing 15 Arizona hospitals for high rates of infection and patient safety issues. The Arizona 15 are … Read More
Posted in General Health, health, Health Care Costs, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Infection, Medical Costs, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medicare, Sepsis
The Surgical “Black Box” Revisited.
A little over four years ago, I wrote about a Canadian surgeon who had developed a “black box” to monitor events in the operating room and warn surgeons and nurses if they were deviating from best practices. The goal was … Read More
Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, medical research, Nurses, Secrecy, Surgical Errors