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July 2014

Making Healthcare Safe

By |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 [...]

Medical Mistakes Resulting in Birth Injuries

By |2019-04-24T18:00:05+00:00July 18th, 2014|Birth Injury|

Medical mistakes resulting in birth injuries are some of the most devastating mistakes that destroy the lives of so many families. Some of the injuries that occur are temporary and the baby is eventually fine. Others result in permanent and lifelong complications, many of which were entirely preventable if only the team of doctors had [...]

June 2014

Delayed Diagnosis of Cancer of the Head or Neck

By |2019-04-24T18:00:04+00:00June 6th, 2014|Cancer, Medical Malpractice|

Cancer of the head and neck can affect the mouth, tongue, tonsil, throat (oropharynx), salivary glands, paranasal sinuses and nasal cavity, pharynx, larynx (voicebox), and lymph nodes in the neck. Cancers of the brain, eye, thyroid gland, scalp, skin, muscles, and head bones occur in the head and neck are not usually included in this group.  Over 100 [...]

May 2014

Avoiding Medical Errors: Empathy Part 2

By |2019-04-24T18:00:04+00:00May 16th, 2014|Medical Error|

Last year I wrote about Empathy Part 1. See our Blog from August 2013. Fast forward almost a year later and I continue to be amazed by how often medical errors occur because the hospital systems just don't get it. While we see advertisements that promise caring medical care, what is delivered is often far [...]

Medical Errors Kill Over 400,000 Patients Per Year

By |2019-04-24T18:00:04+00:00May 13th, 2014|Medical Error|

I had previously reported that medical errors kill up to 98,000 Americans each year, based on statistics published in the Institute of Medicine's 2000 publication "To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System."  A May 2014 report published in Consumer Reports estimates that the number of deaths from medical mistakes may be four times [...]

January 2014

January 2013

Disrespect is “Root Cause” of Dysfunctional Medical Culture

By |2019-04-24T18:00:02+00:00January 9th, 2013|Medical Malpractice|

As we have seen, medical errors occur for many reasons.  The Institute of Medicine report, which shows that the equivalent of a jumbo jet full of patients dies every day in American hospitals due to preventable medical mistakes, lays some of the blame on poor institutional practices.  The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare have leveled criticism at [...]

October 2012

The Culture of Medical Malpractice

By |2019-04-24T18:00:01+00:00October 17th, 2012|Medical Malpractice|

Medical malpractice rates are at epidemic proportions.  Yet, the culture of medical negligence is alive and well.  What does this mean, a "culture of medical negligence"? For starters, it is easy to understand that medical malpractice did not become the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. by accident.  No, forces are at work that [...]

September 2012

Preoperative Surgical Errors

By |2019-04-24T18:00:00+00:00September 28th, 2012|Surgical Error|

Surgical errors sometimes occur before the surgery even takes place.  Before an operation, surgeons perform a preop assessment of the patient to determine whether they are a candidate for the operation.  Patients must meet certain indications to be considered for surgery.  In addition, the patient must be assessed to determine whether they are fit enough for [...]

June 2012

Decrease in Quality of Healthcare?

By |2019-04-24T18:00:00+00:00June 23rd, 2012|Medical Malpractice|

I have previously blogged about communication errors leading to medical mistakes. We all are concerned about the quality of our healthcare and whether there has been a decrease in the quality of care. Too little attention to a patient's concerns leads to frustration and a problem with our system of medical care.  As a patient [...]

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