The Malpracticing Surgeon
While it often takes a while, state medical boards usually catch up with surgeons who are so incompetent they keep killing and seriously injuring their patients. Unfortunately, it takes a pretty bad record to get a doctor suspended or to … Read More
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
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
Passing the Malpractice Buck in Florida
By 2004, Florida voters had had enough. They passed a constitutional amendment to stop bad doctors from continuing to malpractice. The idea was a simple one: If there there three instances of malpractice, a doctor would not be allowed to … Read More
Posted in Doctors, Lawsuits, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Secrecy, Surgical Errors, Verdicts
Warning: Your Surgeon May Be “All Thumbs”
It is human nature to criticize the younger generation. What’s the matter with them? They don’t do things the way we did when we were young, etc. In the world of surgery, there may be valid reasons to be concerned … Read More
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
Power Morcellators Continue To Be Used.
Here is a link to a story in today’s Wall Street Journal about the continued use of power morcellators. I have been writing in this blog about power morcellators for 4 years now. I have links here, here and here to … Read More
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
Jury Awards $14 Million in Malpractice Case.
Here is another large malpractice award that sounds excessive but is probably not. The facts, as they almost always are in these cases, are sad. A twelve-year-old girl underwent a heart transplant in 2007 at a Seattle children’s hospital. In … Read More
Posted in Blood Clots, Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, Medical Costs, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, Medical Malpractice Case Value, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Secrecy, Stroke, Surgical Errors, Valuing Damages in Medical Malpractice Cases, Verdicts