Hospital Malpractice

Transfer of hospital patients can spread MRSA! Source: BBC Health; PloS Medicine. In our continuing education on antibiotic resistance and its impact upon patient care the Dutch medical journal PloS Medicine has published a study spanning 26 European countries

Medical Errors Remain Leading Cause of Death

As we approach the New Year 2014 the effects of medical malpractice errors continue to be felt with devastating results.  It is estimated that hospitals throughout the United States are responsible for preventable medical errors which cause some 210,000 patient deaths per year.  Preventable medical errors include surgery performed upon the wrong part of the patient, [...]

Lung Cancer Gene Mapping

Source:  BBC Health News One of the problems with lung cancer, other than its frequent late discovery, is that the cancer adapts and becomes resistant to chemotherapy treatments over time.  Once adaption occurs, there is no current treatment available and patients with the disease die from it. Scientists across Britain are undertaking a mapping of [...]

Breast Cancer Surgery on the Margins

Source: UC Irvine Health News, Making Breast Cancer Surgery More Precise; One of the many problems facing breast cancer patients is weather their surgeon cut out all of the cancer in her breast during surgery. The goal in a lumpectomy is to completely remove the cancer while preserving as much normal breast tissue as [...]

Medical Malpractice Myths

Sources: David A. Hyman, MD, JD ; and Charles Silver, JD; CHEST 2013; 143(1):222–227 Take it with a grain of salt as it comes from a physician-lawyer and a lawyer, but strongly consider a well-researched article published in a peer reviewed medical journal which seeks to dispel the 5 Major myths that are consistently brought up [...]

Nursing Malpractice in patient handoffs

Sources: Journal of Advanced Nursing 2013 69(2):247-62; University of Maryland School of Nursing Study A study from the University of Maryland in Baltimore sheds light on a common nursing practice in hospital and surgical settings, which you might not be aware of -patient handoffs.  Patient handoffs ("taking report") occur when nursing staff changes shift, from am [...]

Cancer Misdiagnosis Common

Sources: Best Doctors and the National Coalition on Health Care Joint Study; American Journal of Medicine; BMJ Quality and Saftey Cancer is diagnosed more commonly than most physicians, themselves are aware.  A series of recently published studies indicate a misdiagnosis rate from 15% to 28% of the time. There are a number of reasons cited by [...]

Hospital Infections. No Big Improvements.

Source: US Dept. of Health & Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Press Release Hospital infections persist, according to the recently issued National Healthcare Quality Report and National Healthcare Disparities Report by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to the conclusion that improvements in patient safety continue to lag. Very [...]

Advanced Breast Cancer Increase in Women under 40

Sources: JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) 2013;309(8):800-805; National Cancer Institute, SEER Cancer Statistics Review ADVANCED breast cancer, or metastatic breast cancer (spread through the body) effectively tripled among women younger than 40 between 1976 and 2009. These are women whose cancer had already spread by the time it was diagnosed.  In this small, but statistically [...]

Childhood Disease Rates Rise

Sources: U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention; National Institutes of Health Childhood Disease Rates have been kept low with the advent of vaccination programs.  Childhood disease is common in the early months and years of life. Some upper respiratory viral or bacterial infections—colds, bronchitis, or croup—are quite common.  Also common are ear infections, sinusitis, impetigo [...]

Early Detection Critical for Breast Cancer!

Sources: American Cancer Society; and 30+ years of medical malpractice experience EARLY detection of breast cancer, before it causes symptoms, is the key to cure and long-term survival of this disease.  The goal of screening exams for early breast cancer detection is to find cancers before they start to cause symptoms.  Breast cancers that are [...]