How a doctor + a camera = $190 million dollars – Part 2

Part 2 of a 2-part series that originally appeared in the Legal Examiner.  The real cost of a lawsuit Sex abuse cases are very difficult for victims – and for the people helping them. They’re second only to death claims as the most difficult cases for a law firm to take on. Obviously, the main… Learn More »

Oregon Hospitals Release Data on Medical Mistakes

Every year, Oregon hospitals submit reports on the medical mistakes that harm their patients. The 2011 report from the Oregon Patient Safety Commission shows that the number of hospital mistakes reported is up from 2010. The goal of the Commission is to track where, why and how the mistakes occur, and use the data to… Learn More »

A short guide to avoiding hospital mistakes

About 1.7 million hospital-acquired infections cause or contribute to 99,000 deaths each year. That makes preventable medical mistakes the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Some hospitals are finding innovative ways to reduce the risk of medical errors – see this OPB story about an Oregon hospital – and ultimately, it is… Learn More »

Can patients prevent wrong-site surgery?

A young cancer patient in Portland claims that a doctor operated on the wrong side of her neck, removing healthy lymph nodes and leaving her with a 7-inch scar around her neck. She had to undergo an additional surgery to remove the cancerous lymph nodes, doubly exposing herself to the dangers of surgery and recovery.… Learn More »

Should an Important Medical Mistake Tracking Program be Optional?

All of Oregon’s community hospitals have joined a government-coordinated effort to reduce and prevent medical errors that harm or kill patients. However, The Oregonian reports that the majority of pharmacies and nursing homes in Oregon are not bothering to report medical mistakes. Only about half of the state’s licensed surgery centers are reporting their errors.… Learn More »

Do Hospital Defibrillators Work?

Defibrillators are supposed to save lives by restoring a patient’s heart’s normal rhythm through a shock administered by pads placed on a patient’s chest.  A new report suggests that the expensive upgrade of automated external defibrillators in hospitals across the U.S., as recommended by an American Heart Association (AHA) committee, may have been a mistake.… Learn More »