Archive for the ‘Medical Malpractice’ Category

Surgical Robot Mistakes: More Prevalent Than Ever, Still Underreported

May 28th, 2014

Tragically, it seems the real cost of advances in medical technology is the health of innocent victims as seen in the number of reports of adverse surgical events using Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci robot.

Debunking Even More Myths about Medical Mistakes

May 14th, 2014

In a post published last week, this blog detailed a fledgling platform called Leapfrog, which assigns over 2,000 American hospitals letter grades based upon safety records and patient reviews. The goal of this system is to increase hospital transparency by publicizing and hopefully preventing recurring and preventable medical errors that kill half a million people…

Technology Increases Hospital Transparency, Exposes Medical Errors

May 6th, 2014

All too often, news about medical safety is relegated to academic journals and other industry publications. So when a mainstream news organization publishes an article stating the sobering fact that medical errors kill about half a million patients every year in the United States (that’s more than 1000 a day), it is hard to ignore….

In an Attempt to Avoid Lawsuits, General Mills Pushes for Forced Arbitration

April 30th, 2014

The right to a trial by jury in civil matters is firmly entrenched in the United States Constitution. The civil justice system is the only tried and tested check on corporate malfeasance, and it is only in the courtroom where individual citizens can bring massive corporations to justice. Often, two adverse parties can agree to…

Tort Reform Does Not Create More Doctors

March 5th, 2014

In early February of this year, the Des Moines Register editorial staff ran an article attempting to confirm what this blog has been arguing since its inception: efforts toward so-called tort reform have accomplished very little when it comes to increasing the number of doctors practicing in a given state. The Register’s article begins by…

Unqualified NJ Doctor Stripped of License After Performing Spinal Surgeries

February 26th, 2014

We have commented in previous blogs about the inadequacy of the self-regulation of physicians by the medical community. Apparently, only in the most egregious cases will medical boards step in to breach to revoke a physician’s medical license. Earlier this month, an anesthesiologist in Pompton Lakes, NJ was stripped of his medical license. Though Dr….

Tort Reformers Collect Huge Sums While Claiming to Oppose Lawsuits

February 19th, 2014

This blog has covered the United States Chamber of Commerce before, calling it in 2011 a “misleadingly named collection of businesses considered the largest pro-corporation lobbying group in the U.S.”

New OSHA Pamphlet Suggests Hospitals More Dangerous Than You Think

February 5th, 2014

A new pamphlet published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) called “How Safe Is Your Hospital for Workers?” includes some startling facts about the dangers that hospitals present not only to patients, but to their employees as well. For example, in terms of time lost due to illness and injury, hospital jobs (with…

Generic Drug Industry Still Largely Unchecked

January 22nd, 2014

In the past few months, this blog has addressed issues concerning the safety of generic drugs. In July we published an article about the Supreme Court protecting manufacturers of generics in cases in which victims were harmed due to inadequate warning labels. Fortunately, the FDA stepped in to try to impose stricter standards on such…

Health Canada Warns Doctors Cancer Drug Xeloda May Cause Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

December 11th, 2013

Over a year ago, this blog published an article about the dangers of Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a serious condition that causes a dark red rash to appear on the skin. Health Canada, Canada’s counterpart to the United States’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA), recently sent an open letter to health care professionals warning them that a drug,…

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