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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 |

Sepsis and Diet.

Sepsis is one of the leading killers in the United States.  1.7 million Americans get sepsis each year.  Fully one-third of all patients who die in hospital have sepsis. Sepsis is the body’s response to overwhelming infection.  For most of … Read More

Posted in blood infections, General Health, health, healthy living, Infection, medical research, Obesity, obesity epidemic, Sepsis |

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 |

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 |

$13M Medical Malpractice Verdict in New York.

There is a lesson to be learned from every medical malpractice verdict.  A recent verdict in New York City is no exception. A 43 year old wife and mother of three underwent what should have been a minor procedure to … Read More

Posted in blood infections, Doctors, Infection, Lawsuits, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Misdiagnosis, plaintiff, Sepsis, Surgical Errors, Verdicts |

The Hospital You Choose Makes a Difference.

Just a few days ago I wrote a post about hospital malpractice.  Today comes news of a viral outbreak at a New Jersey pediatric center that has already killed six children and sickened many more.  The facility is not a … Read More

Posted in Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Infection, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Medicare |

Some Thoughts Before Surgery.

Surgery is scary.  Lots of things can go wrong.  No one can guarantee a good surgical outcome.  Even the best surgeon operating in the best hospital may end up with a bad outcome.  If your surgery is of the emergency … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, Doctors, Hospitals, Infection, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medicare, Surgical Errors |

Sepsis: The Waiting Killer

From time to time people ask me what is the most common form of medical malpractice I see.  I usually answer that there is no most common form and that there are many ways in which mistakes can be made.  … Read More

Posted in blood infections, Doctors, Hospitals, Infection, Medical Malpractice, Nurses, Sepsis, Surgical Errors |

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 Secrecy Harms Patients – Part Two

I have written in the past about the harm caused by the medical profession keeping secret the identities of incompetent physicians and allowing them to continue to malpractice on patients.  While this is a significant problem, there are many other … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Infection, Lawsuits, Medical Costs, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice claims, medical mistakes, Medicare, Secrecy, Surgical Errors |