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Patients Want More Information About Drug Side Effects  

  Doctors prescribe medications to their patients in order to help treat and manage a wide range of conditions and illnesses. Ideally, the medication is effective at treating the condition without causing any unpleasant side effects. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Doctors have a responsibility to warn patients about potential side effects that » Read More


NIH’s Clinical Center: Patient Safety Concerns

The Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is recognized worldwide as a leader in biomedical research. Thousands of patients come to the Clinical Center each year hoping to benefit from the kind of life-saving medical breakthroughs that have made it the flagship hospital of the NIH. Recently, however, a report found that » Read More


When General Practitioners Fail to Diagnose Heart Disease

New research published in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety reveals that close to 25 percent of patients with a misdiagnosis of heart attack or coronary artery disease had a history of cardiovascular disease. The research was conducted by CRICO Strategies and The Doctors Company. Unfortunately, failing to recognize the signs or » Read More


Disclosing Medical Mistakes May Reduce Malpractice Costs

When a patient has been injured or has passed away as a result of a medical mistake, the standard operating procedure that doctors have followed has been to deny any wrongdoing and defend their care. For the patients who suspect negligence, and pursue a medical malpractice case, it can be a long, stressful, and emotional » Read More


Study Reveals Medication Errors Doubled

A recent study published in the journal, Clinical Toxicology, reported that medication errors leading to adverse health outcomes have doubled since the year 2000. Doctors, pharmacists, and healthcare workers are responsible for 1.5 million medication errors each year in the United States that leave patients facing emergency situations, hospitals stays, and in some cases, death. » Read More


Health Risks Caused by Electronic Health Records

Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are used to improve patient safety, reduce medical errors, and establish a more effective workflow. However, research indicates that EHR-related medical malpractice claims may be on the rise. While the percentage of EHR claims are not significant, the associated costs are disproportionately high. EHR-related mishaps can be extremely costly and quite harmful to patients when » Read More


Angioplasty Death Rates Double on Weekends

An angioplasty is a common heart procedure that opens up blood vessels that have become narrowed or blocked. Also called Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI), the procedure involves placing a small tube into the blood vessel where it is carefully guided to the heart by a qualified physician. According to the United States National Heart, Lung, » Read More


 Contaminated Water in Hospitals

Federal health officials recently issued a warning to hospitals and nursing homes across the country to be more vigilant about protecting their patients from diseases that can show up in contaminated water systems. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, there were over 2,800 reported cases of Legionnaires’ » Read More


Hospice Care

Hospice care is end-of-life medical care that is designed to ease suffering and keep patients as comfortable as possible. In the United States, hospitals vary in terms of how and when they decide to move stroke patients from a treatment facility to hospice. A recent study found that doctors are more likely to recommend hospice » Read More


Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Nursing Malpractice

When putting your health and safety into the hands of a trained medical professional, you expect that person to perform his or her duties to the best of their ability. Nurses are responsible for carrying out a wide range of duties that are crucial to the patient’s wellbeing, including checking vital signs, updating charts, and » Read More