Misdiagnoses lead to 250,000 ER patients’ deaths annually, U.S. study finds

There was a New England Journal of Medicine article decades ago that found that if emergency room patients didn’t list their complaints in the right order and in time – they wouldn’t be heard or recorded properly. Originally reported in the New York Times, this study is getting wide attention. “The study, released [Dec. 15] by […]

Hospital Staffing Shortages Cause Harm to Patients

These things don’t scream from the medical chart: “We’re having a staffing problem!” Nurses and doctors don’t write things like that in patient charts. Good trial lawyers know how to identify when staffing may be an issue. For instance, when emergency room nurses stop taking a patient’s vital signs for hours – that is a […]

Our Constitutional Right to Counsel Protects Individual Rights

The right of every person to counsel and a jury trial protects us from the over-reach of powerful government and private interests. Yahoo News provides an important reminder. American Founders Knew: Right to Counsel Is Fundamental The right to counsel is a core American principle pre-dating the establishment of American jurisprudence. Our founding fathers experienced […]

Hey, Pharma: What if cholesterol is not related to serious heart disease? Would you even tell us?

A BMJ study published in 2015 concluded that High LDL-C is inversely associated with mortality in most people over 60 years. This finding is inconsistent with the cholesterol hypothesis. You can find the BMJ study here: Lack of an association or an inverse association between low-density-lipoprotein cholesterol and mortality in the elderly: a systematic review While […]

Candy Stripers

A famous critical care doctor once told me that “they want candy stripers delivering medicine.” That choice of the phrase probably dates both of us, but hopefully, it’s not too prehistoric to make the point. He was griping about what he viewed as an institutional assault on physician judgment and prerogatives. Long after that, I […]

Patient-Care Satisfaction Centered Modeling? Really?

When I represented hospitals, my boss used to stress bedside manner as the most effective risk management. It’s been forty years and the industry is still trying to figure out a way to make that stick. Healthcare is fully embracing the concept of consumerism, and with that comes the need for consumer and patient satisfaction—and […]

“By the time Jeremy came back with help, I had delivered the baby by myself with no one else in the room. All alone.”

Ever felt alone in a crowd? How about alone in a crowded emergency room surrounded by professionals who could help but choose to ignore you? These things happen. Here is the link: ‘I delivered my baby scared and alone.’: Mom raises awareness about hospital malpractice after traumatic birth

The Industry Surveys Nursing Malpractice Claims

And the results are not surprising. Misdiagnosis, prescribing errors, and wrongful death make up most of the claims. When I worked in defense of hospitals, nurses were the hardest witnesses to prepare. They are left alone too long and forced to do things they wouldn’t normally if they’d been under the direct supervision of a […]