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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Surgical Complications Directly Correlated To Surgeons’ Peer-Rated Skill

October 30th, 2013

Back in October 2012, this blog published an article called “A Surgeon’s Five Tips for Improving Hospital Safety.” The list was culled from an article written by Johns Hopkins surgeon and professor Marty Makary in The Wall Street Journal, and several of his arguments revolve …

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Just how many people die from medical mistakes in American hospitals?

October 9th, 2013

Just how many people die from medical mistakes in American hospitals? As Scientific American recently explained, researchers have struggled to establish an accurate figure for decades. The Institute of Medicine, a non-governmental non-profit, issued a report in 1999 called “To Err Is Human,” which reported …

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Statute of Limitations Amendment, Inspired by Cancer Patient, Dies in NY Legislature

July 17th, 2013

Lavern Wilkinson of Brooklyn, New York, took a bus to Kings County Hospital’s emergency room in the winter of 2010, experiencing sudden and severe chest pains. She thought she was having a heart attack, but after a few tests–including a chest x-ray–doctors told her she …

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Number of Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Cases Continues to Dwindle

June 12th, 2013

The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania, on June 4, published a news article and the title says it all: “Medical Malpractice Case Statistics Show Nearly 45 Percent Decline in Number of Case Filings Statewide.” The author of the article also mentions that this has been …

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The Big Lie about the Big Lie of Medical Malpractice Payouts

May 22nd, 2013

On May 1, Johns Hopkins Medicine published a study with a provocative title: “Catastrophic Medical Malpractice Payouts in the United States.” The word “catastrophic,” for the purposes of this article are those medical malpractice lawsuit payouts totaling $1 million or greater. The study’s abstract explains that …

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