The successful practice of medicine involves a great deal of skill, insight and intelligence, but it also requires doctors to remain current with industry knowledge.
A recent study provided insight into bariatric surgical errors, revealing that the skill of a surgeon largely impacts the likelihood that the patient will experience complications. This conclusion seems straightforward enough, but it's startling that patients of unskilled bariatric surgeons are three times more likely to suffer from errors than skilled surgeons.
Approximately 20 percent of Americans visited an emergency room (ER) in 2011, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There were a total of 130 million visits to ERs in 2011, a 33-million visit increase from 1995. Despite the rise in need, 11 percent of the nation's emergency departments were eliminated during that same period.
Medical malpractice lawsuits provide accountability for medical errors and allow injured patients to recover compensation. However, another benefit of malpractice suits has been overlooked: the improved safety of American health care.
Ann Arbor attorney Peter A. Davis recently shared his medical malpractice info-graphs with McKeen & Associates, PC. The charts are telling: Medical malpractice accounts for more unnatural deaths each year than all of the other causes combined.
If you have a scheduled surgery you may want to call your doctor to make sure you aren't going to be his or her "guinea pig" for learning a new, robotic surgical system. It's happened to thousands of patients, who only become aware of it after they are seriously injured and initiate a medical malpractice suit. Fred E. Taylor was one such patient.
This week, the official journal of the American College of Chest Physicians published an article that takes a different perspective on medical malpractice. Instead of complaining of the unfair hassles that plague doctors after a dangerous mistake, this article effectively debunked common myths about medical malpractice. Two of these myths are particularly relevant.
In the last few weeks, a number of publications have focused stories on the unpleasant experience of a medical malpractice lawsuit from the perspective of the physician. These articles sprang out of a recent study that looked at how much of a physician's career is spent "fighting" medical malpractice claims.
Even in today's tech-heavy world, brain injury detection and treatment are extremely difficult. Those who have suffered head injuries from a car crash, industrial accident or warfare have no choice but to rely on a set of imperfect and unreliable tests to diagnose whether a brain injury occurred - and, if so, how serious is it?
More than 35 people have contracted a deadly form of meningitis after receiving contaminated steroid injections. Of those patients, five have died and that number is expected to grow.