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March 2016

Hospital Negligence and Patient Restraints

By | March 4th, 2016|Hospital Negligence|

Patient restraints have been implicated in a number of hospital negligence cases. Restraints can be physical, like lashing a patient to their bed. There are also medical restraints, where a patient is medicated to the point where they cannot leave their bed. Restraints are used to control patients in hospitals and nursing homes who are [...]

October 2015

New CPR Guidelines and Hospital Negligence

By | October 20th, 2015|Hospital Negligence|

The American Heart Association recently updated its CPR Guidelines.  You can read the updates here: http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/132/18_suppl_2/S315.full.  As Ohio medical malpractice attorneys, certain of these revised guidelines are welcome.  Too many hospital negligence cases arise out of failure to rescue, and mistakes and equipment failures during the course of resuscitation. Much has been written about unnecessary deaths occurring [...]

February 2014

Surgical Never Events

By | February 18th, 2014|Hospital Negligence|

There are certain things that should never happen when you have surgery. One is that surgical equipment such as sponges, needles and other equipment used during the surgery should never be left behind. If the surgical team is working together and doing their job, all equipment used should be accounted for at the end of the surgery. [...]

December 2013

Hospital Errors – Can They be Reduced?

By | December 11th, 2013|Hospital Negligence|

Hospital errors that lead to serious preventable medical injuries occur at alarming rates. Communication between various caregivers is frequently the cause of these preventable medical errors. I have previously written about a case I tried where the patient's injury was entirely preventable if the handoff from one doctor to the next had been improved. See [...]

November 2013

Hospital Negligence: The Role of Nurses

By | November 14th, 2013|Hospital Negligence|

In evaluating hospital negligence cases, it is important to understand the role of nurses and the challenges that they face.  In modern healthcare, profiteering hospitals are engaged in an all out assault on the nursing profession, through such practices as short-staffing, hiring underskilled personnel to replace nurses and using dangerously inaccurate electronic information systems. The [...]

June 2013

Hospital Negligence: Fatigued Resident Physicians

By | June 5th, 2013|Hospital Negligence|

Hospital negligence refers to medical malpractice claims that arise out of substandard medical care provided by hospital employees, including nurses and residents.  Residents, or physicians-in-training, play a key role on care of hospitalized patients.  However, overworked, fatigued and inexperienced residents can be dangerous to a hospitalized patient's health. Residents are doctors-in-training who have graduated medical school but need [...]

May 2013

For Patients: Support National Nurses’ Week

By | May 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 [...]

March 2013

Hospital Negligence: Mistakes by Residents

By | March 12th, 2013|Hospital Negligence|

Hospital negligence occurs when a hospital employee, such as a nurse or resident physician, fails to comply with accepted standards of medical care.  Residents make important decisions in many patients' care, even though they are not fully trained physicians.  Many mistakes by residents occur as a result of fatigue, inexperience or misplaced arrogance.  Since residents are usually employed by the hospital [...]

February 2013

Hospital Negligence: Overworked Hospitalists

By | February 26th, 2013|Hospital Negligence|

Caregiver fatigue can result in hospital negligence.  A recent study shows that hospitalists are being overworked to the detriment of patient safety.  There has been an increasing trend toward the use of hospitalists to provide primary care services to hospitalized patients.  Hospitalists are typically internists or family practice physicians who provide general medical care but restrict their [...]

November 2012

Hospital Negligence: Unread Test Results

By | November 30th, 2012|Hospital Negligence|

Hospital negligence comes in various shapes and sizes.  A clear case of medical negligence occurs when a doctor orders a test but the test is never performed or the results go unread, and the patient dies or is injured as a result of the missed test result.  The Archives of Internal Medicine recently published an article showing that physicians [...]

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