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August 2013 Archives

Brian McKeen Honored With Dan Cullan Memorial Award

Brian J. McKeen, managing partner and founder of McKeen & Associates, P.C., was recently selected for the Dan Cullan Memorial Award. The prestigious honor was bestowed upon McKeen for his lifetime dedication to advocacy, especially in the area of birth trauma and brain injury. Please read more about this tremendous honor here.  

Malpractice Costs Down 28 Percent, But Medical Costs Up 58 Percent

We've been saying it for years:malpractice-thumb-160x240-23635-thumb-160x240-23566.jpg Medical malpractice is not a significant factor in the rising cost of American health care. Since 2003, medical malpractice costs have decreased 28.2 percent, yet the cost of medical care has increased 58.2 percent.

Study: Anesthesia Drug Ketamine Harms Children's Brain Activity

Ketamine is a commonly used anesthetic in pediatric operations, but it may be doing serious damage to young patients.syringedoctor-thumb-160x160-23100.jpg According to a study published in Science Daily, children under age 3 who had lengthy exposure to ketamine during surgery displayed memory problems, learning disorders and behavioral issues once they reached school age.

Study: 1 In 4 Surgery Errors Attributed To Equipment, Technology

Aboutsurgery-thumb-160x120-22917.jpg 24 percent of all surgical mistakes are caused by technology problems or equipment failure, according to research recently published in BMJ Quality and Safety. The study is alarming, as the use of complex technology in the operating room has risen dramatically. It's becoming apparent that the prevalence of computer-driven instruments, such as the da Vinci robotic surgical system, brings its own set of risks to surgery.