Gene writes today about the unfortunate state of maternal mortality in the United States. Among developed countries, only Mexico has a higher rate of maternal death during childbirth than the US.
You can read more about why this is and what some groups are doing to address this problem here:
cmglaw.com Among the developed countries, only Mexico has a higher maternal mortality rate than the US.
Gene writes today about letters Swedish Medical Center recently sent to patients who had undergone certain cardiovascular surgeries. Those surgeries used heater-cooler devices, some of which were contaminated with bacteria that could be harmful.
You can read the full post here:
cmglaw.com Swedish Medical Center recently sent letters informing cardiovascular surgery patients that a device used during surgery may have been contaminated with bacteria.
Gene writes today about the current trend of large healthcare institutions gobbling up private practices. The trend continued with the recent acquisitions of Athena Women's Health in Kirkland and Lakeshore Clinics in Bothell and Kirkland by EvergreenHealth Medical Center.
You can read more about this here:
cmglaw.com The trend of hospitals acquiring private practices continues with the recent acquisitions by EvergreenHealth Medical Center.
Happy (snowy) Monday!
Gene writes today about what life care plans are. In a civil lawsuit alleging injury that results in likely future needs, a life care plan describes those needs and the likely cost of those needs.
You can read more about life care plans, who authors them and why they are used here:
cmglaw.com A Life Care Plan is a plan that spells out the future needs associated with an injury-related disability, as well as the costs of those needs.
Tyler writes today about the current effort by President Trump's pick for Health Secretary - Tom Price - to reform medical negligence civil remedies on a national level. Representative Price's view is that we currently are in the midst of a medical malpractice "crisis", but do the facts bear that out?
Read more here to find out:
cmglaw.com Recently top Republican politicians have cited the medical malpractice “crisis” as a threat to US health care. This includes frivolous lawsuits forcing doctors out of business, and forcing doctors who do continue to practice to engage in defensive medicine – ordering unnecessary tests and treatment…
Gene writes today about a new technology being developed that hopes to allow doctors to see what is going on in the brain when it suffers an injury without having to open up the skull.
As you may know from watching football these days, "concussion protocols" are in place to attempt to determine if a player suffered a concussion and possibly brain injury. However, these ests are fairly crude.
Enter CerbroScope, a start up company that hopes to use electrical leads like EKGs to monitor the brain's electrical activity.
You can read the full post here:
cmglaw.com A Pennsylvania start-up company is developing techniques to allow doctors to see what is going on in the brain when it suffers an injury — without opening up the skull.
Gene writes today about the problems in timely diagnosing and treating women for heart attacks.
Most often when we think of heart attacks, we think of middle-aged and older men clutching their chests. However, women have heart attacks just as often as men do, but unfortunately that is not the perception. And women often present with different symptoms that make diagnosing a heart attack difficult.
To help increase awareness, the American Heart Association recently published a "Scientific Statement" on this issue, in the hope that both medical providers and the public will be better informed.
You can read Gene's full post here:
cmglaw.com A new Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association is intended to be a scientific “wake-up call” for those who diagnose and treat women with cardiovascular disease.
Gene writes today about the effectiveness of "Doctor Apology" statutes. While previous studies have indicated that giving safe harbor to doctors who apologize to patients for medical errors reduced malpractice claims, a more recent studies concluded the opposite.
Read the full post here:
cmglaw.com While previous studies have indicated that giving safe harbor to doctors who apologize to patients for medical errors reduced malpractice claims, a more recent studies concluded the opposite.
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