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Paul N. Ford

Hospital Negligence: Yes, Hospitals are Dangerous Places

A trip to your local emergency room can be a very dangerous experience.Hospital negligence is of epidemic proportions. And this in not the opinion of lawyers. It is the opinion of the medical…

Jeanie Oliver

You're the Patient-Take Charge

I think this post would be considered more of a conversation with you, the reader, the potential patient. There has been a lot of media attention around Dennis Quaid’s twins and their experience…

Ryan Scott

'Condition H', Does Your Hospital Have It?

For the fifth straight year, a preventable safety mistake known as ‘Failure to Rescue’ is the leading cause of preventable death in U.S. hospitals. More than surgical mistakes, the wrong or overdose of drugs, or unforeseeable complications, ‘Failure to Rescue’ is the most common preventable problem. ‘Condition H’ allows a patient or loved one to summon emergency help, the same emergency number that doctors and nurses use, when they feel distress. This procedure may save your life.

Frank Bailey

Questionable Doctors

Has your doctor been disciplined? The National Practitioner Data Bank is kept secret from both patients and from almost all physicians thanks to the American Medical Association’s successful lobbying for secrecy when the legislation concerning the Data Bank was being considered.Public Citizen’s Health Research Group has established its own data bank of doctors who have been disciplined. The…

Frank Bailey

Medication Errors Cause Injury and Death

Health care is not as safe as it should be. A substantial body of evidence points to medical errors as a leading cause of death and injury in America. These preventable adverse events are the 8th leading cause of death in the United States. Sizable numbers of Americans are harmed as a result of medical malpractice. Deaths due to preventable adverse events in hospitals (malpractice) exceed…

Jeanie Oliver

Patient Rights-Respect and Courtesy?

I have recently been diagnosed with an autonomic nervous system dysfunction called postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, POTS for short. What I have is not so important in this blog as how I have been treated by medical professionals. Most of you probably think “treated” means what the doctors have prescribed, recommended, tests that have been run, etc. In this article, though, I mean…

Shannon Weidemann

Boston Doctors Lose Medical Malpractice Case

Two doctors from a Boston hospital have lost a medical malpractice lawsuit. A jury awarded the plantiff $26.5 Million for a family to care for a child with cerebral palsy. The family contends that a lack of monitoring and failure to perform a timely c-section injured their son. A Suffolk County jury issued the verdict Thursday. The damages against two Brigham and Women’s doctors are believed…