I have written often about misdiagnosis. See here and here, for example. It is a frequent subject because it is the most common form of medical malpractice. Some new research suggests that the most damaging misdiagnoses occur in a relatively small … Read More
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Nursing Homes Can Kill You – Even If You Never Set Foot In One
As the population of the United States ages, more and more of us will find ourselves or our loved ones in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities. There is more and more data to suggest that these facilities are … Read More
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Misdiagnosis: The Most Common Form of Malpractice
A recent article in the peer-reviewed medical journal Diagnosis concluded, “[D]iagnostic errors remain the most common, most catastrophic, and most costly of serious medical errors . . . .” The researchers were from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and … Read More
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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
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
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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
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$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
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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
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
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