Archive for the ‘Medical Malpractice’ Category

Texas Hospital Misses Ebola Diagnosis

October 15th, 2014

By now it is common knowledge that there is an outbreak of the infectious disease Ebola in West Africa. Having killed thousands there, the disease has also spread to the United States, where one patient just died (at the time of this writing). Thomas Duncan, of Liberia, had reportedly been working with Ebola patients in…

Medical Malpractice: It Isn’t Limited To Hospitals

October 1st, 2014

Over the years, many in the medical profession have pushed for so-called tort reform measures, which would alter the country’s civil justice system so that it is tilted in its favor. Lobbyists have made efforts to limit liability for medical negligence claims. But when it comes to the medical industry regulating itself, similar strategies are…

After Approval, FDA Decides to Give Low-Testosterone Drugs a Second Look

September 17th, 2014

This past June, in an article about a potential link between testosterone treatment and cardiovascular problems, we explained that the FDA had (after about ten years of urging by researchers) decided to launch an investigation into the matter. It turns out that it only took a few months for our nation’s drug regulators to suspect…

Healthcare-Associated Infections: How Hospitals May Be Keeping Patients in Hospitals

September 10th, 2014

It often has been said that hospitals are the most dangerous places for sick people. Hospital acquired infections—also known as healthcare-associated infections (HAIs)—present a genuine health risk to patients, leading to prolonged hospitalizations and higher rates of morbidity and mortality. Working from data in a survey published this year in the New England Journal of…

Yaz Birth Control: Federal Oversight, Conflicts of Interest, and a Billion-Dollar Settlement

September 3rd, 2014

On the topic of birth control, this blog has focused much of its attention on the NuvaRing, whose links to deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and death (among other side effects) resulted in a $100 million settlement spread over 700 plaintiffs. Were every patient to accept this offer, each would see a payout of about…

Malpractice Suits as Industry Reform

August 13th, 2014

Although this blog spends a lot of time detailing medical malpractice cases and the jury awards or settlements that come with them. Forbes contributor Steve Cohen reminded us recently (and accurately) that “Malpractice Lawsuits Aren’t Just About Money.” Besides writing about compensation, many of the articles we have published here recently have explained that while…

Wisconsin Tort Reform Slowly Creeps Back

July 16th, 2014

In a landmark decision in 2005, the Supreme Court of Wisconsin struck down the state’s strict cap on non-economic damages, which limited plaintiffs’ recovery to $350,000. Finding this law to be unconstitutional on the grounds that it violated the equal protection clause, the Court’s decision explains that the cap placed “plaintiffs with the most severe…

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….

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