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June 2011 Archives

Do new rules governing the number of hours worked by first-year residents go far enough?

This coming Friday, a groundbreaking new rule governing first-year medical residents that is designed to cut back on a troublesome trend of medical malpractice/medical errors is slated to go into effect.

Oregon police arrest young man for posing as plastic surgeon, scheduling surgery

In medical malpractice news, people throughout the West Coast were shocked by news that an Oregon man had posed as a physician, even going so far as to schedule a surgical procedure.

Maine jury awards near record amount of $6.7 million in hospital negligence case

Last week, jurors in Maine handed down one of the largest hospital negligence verdicts in the history of the state, awarding $6.7 million to a woman whose husband died of severe internal bleeding.

Study: medical malpractice the same in doctor's offices, hospitals

A study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association claims that patients in Texas and elsewhere across the country are just as likely to encounter harm because of a medical error at a doctor's office as they are at a hospital.

Texas Medical Board doesn't discipline accused physician

The Texas Medical Board recently decided to take no action against a physician who fled to Texas after facing five medical malpractice suits in Minnesota, raising questions about how the medical industry addressing the issue of doctors who are evidently at risk of committing medical malpractice.

Study finds that fatality rates associated with high-risk surgeries are on the decline

Those patients scheduled to undergo so-called high-risk surgeries - typically cancer surgeries and cardiac surgeries - are understandably anxious. In addition to the ever-present threat of potential surgical errors, they may also worry about the relatively high fatality rates associated with these types of operations.

Orthopedic surgeon attributes higher rates of staph infections to hospital budget cuts

The dangers of contracting a serious staph infection, such as methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) or methicillin susceptible staphylococcus aureus (MSSA), is always very real and something that hospitals should always be fully prepared to handle/prevent.

Wisconsin explores fault-admission law for physicians

When it comes to a possible incident of medical malpractice, the last thing you would ever expect to hear is a physician apologize for any mistakes that may have occurred. However, Wisconsin lawmakers are currently considering proposed legislation that would make this seemingly unlikely occurrence a reality.

Study shows the use of electronic medical records can help lower the incidence of infant fatalities

Previous medical malpractice/birth injury posts have examined the value of electronic medical records in hospital and clinical settings. For those unfamiliar with electronic medical records, they are essentially computerized files - typically available via laptop computer, iPad or other portable devices - that provide health care professionals with instant and comprehensive patient information, including medication regimens, allergies, and medical histories.

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