Medical Malpractice

Project Shows Substantial Decrease in Colorectal Surgery Infections

Project Shows Substantial Decrease in Colorectal Surgery Infections
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There was a time in medical science when doctors did not wash their hands prior to operating on their patients (some might say, that to a greater extent than seems possible, this is still the case among medical professionals and point to a number of recent studies as uncomfortable proof). This failure of doctors to […]

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Big Brother Will Make You Wash Your Hands (Which may Be a Good Thing)

Big Brother Will Make You Wash Your Hands (Which may Be a Good Thing)
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I’ve written before here about hand-washing (or should I say, not-hand-washing) among hospital staff within the context of the wider issues of infection, avoidable patient harm, death and malpractice. I noted prior that the New York Times had observed that a study of eight New York hospitals and hand washing showed “low compliance rates, which […]

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Models of Patient Safety

Models of Patient Safety
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If one jumbo jet crashed in the US each day for a week, we’d expect the FAA to shut down the industry until the problem was figured out. But in our health care system, roughly 250 people die each day due to preventable error. A vice president at a health care quality company says that “If […]

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To Err is, Apparently, More Common Than Reported

Filed in Medical Malpractice by on February 14, 2012 0 Comments
To Err is, Apparently, More Common Than Reported
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A recent article in the WSJ Health Blog, considering a survey of 1,891 doctors  published in Health Affairs, is worth considering for a moment or two. The survey/study is said to have had a response rate of roughly 64% (3,500 physicians from seven specialties were queried) and was published by doctors Lisa I. Iezzoni, Sowmya […]

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Moving the Battle of the Experts to the Hot Tub?

Filed in Health Law, Medical Malpractice by on June 23, 2011 1 Comment
Moving the Battle of the Experts to the Hot Tub?
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Michael Ricciardelli’s recent post concerning a judge-directed negotiation pilot program in the Bronx to facilitate early resolution of medical malpractice cases reminded me of another idea to improve our expensive, expert-deadlocked, malpractice litigation system: hot tubbing. I first heard this term (related to litigation, that is) earlier this Spring when a former colleague shared an […]

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