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May 2016

Naturopathy and Patient Safety

By Howard Mishkind|2019-03-18T22:01:45+00:00May 27th, 2016|Patient Safety|

Naturopathy, or naturopathic medicine, is a holistic method for treating medical conditions, often involving natural remedies and herbal medicines.   Naturopaths, bearing either the credential Naturopathic Doctor (N.D.) or Naturopathic Medical Doctor (N.M.D.), have sought greater recognition among other practitioners of the medical arts.  In particular, they seek status under Medicare regulations to obtain reimbursements under [...]

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November 2015

Patient Safety and Interventional Spine Procedures

By Howard Mishkind|2019-03-18T22:01:57+00:00November 5th, 2015|Patient Safety|

Patient safety is the paramount consideration in any medical treatment.  The universal standard of care is that no physician or other caregiver should ever put a patient at unnecessary risk of harm.  The corollary to this rule is that if a treatment carries certain necessary risks, the caregiver has a duty to disclose those to [...]

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July 2014

Making Healthcare Safe

By Howard Mishkind|2019-04-24T18:00:05+00:00July 20th, 2014|Patient Safety|

Making healthcare safe sounds like a reasonable idea, doesn't it?  Of course it does! Why in the world is it so hard to make healthcare safe to begin with?  We have all heard about the Institute of Medicine report that says that medical mistakes are a serious problem in our healthcare system. The real question [...]

May 2014

Patient Safety Update

By Howard Mishkind|2019-03-18T22:02:11+00:00May 7th, 2014|Patient Safety|

Patient safety is the most important aspect of any medical encounter.  We expect world class care from our hospitals and doctors that hold themselves out as experts. What we often receive in terms of our healthcare is a far cry from what is advertised. If more money was spent on implementing and enforcing patient safety [...]

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April 2014

Patient Safety

By Howard Mishkind|2019-03-18T22:02:12+00:00April 18th, 2014|Patient Safety|

Patient Safety. What does it truly mean? Why are so many errors being made by doctors and hospitals? What is the solution and how can we be facing such an epidemic of mishaps in our medical care? After all, aren't we the greatest nation in the world with the best hospitals and doctors available? These [...]

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November 2013

For Patients: The Dangers of Telemedicine

By Howard Mishkind|2019-03-18T22:02:22+00:00November 25th, 2013|Patient Safety|

For patients, negotiating an increasingly complicated and fractured medical system can be overwhelming.  Add to the current confusion pre-packaged misinformation touting a variety of technological advances that are not ready for prime time, such as robotic surgery and the electronic medical record.  Along those lines, I have read a number of articles lately heralding the dawn of [...]

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August 2013

Empathy Part 1

By Howard Mishkind|2019-03-18T22:02:32+00:00August 15th, 2013|Patient Safety|

"Empathy" is defined by Merriam-Webster, in part, as "the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, ... the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another..." Why would a plaintiff's personal injury and medical malpractice attorney write about empathy? Well, the answer is easy for so many reasons. In this blog, part 1, I will [...]

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For Patients: Ohio’s Apology Statute

By Howard Mishkind|2019-03-18T22:02:33+00:00August 9th, 2013|Patient Safety|

For patients injured by medical negligence, there is often a burning sense of betrayal by the doctor with whom they entrusted their health and well-being.  This sense of betrayal is stoked when a physician who has caused harm skulks off into the shadows without acknowledging that mistakes were made or that unnecessary harm was caused.  Betrayal and suspicion lead many [...]

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May 2013

For Patients: Support National Nurses’ Week

By Howard Mishkind|2016-06-08T18:30:59+00:00May 8th, 2013|Patient Safety|

For patients in a hospital setting, unfettered nursing care is the key to a successful outcome.  However, there are many forces present today that constrain nurses from doing their job properly.  This puts patients at risk.  National Nurses Week is a great opportunity to make patients aware of the importance of nursing care and the challenges that nurses [...]

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March 2013

For Patients: How Big Pharm Corrupts Medical Practices

By Howard Mishkind|2019-03-18T22:02:38+00:00March 18th, 2013|Patient Safety|

For patients, trusting your physician to put your interests first is taken for granted.  But what happens when the physician is influenced by gifts from pharmaceutical companies to push a patient toward a particular medication irrespective of the patient's best interests?  We see the influence of pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers on physicians' practices growing all the time.  [...]

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