Misplaced nasogastric (NG tube) and percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tubes can result in Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawsuits because of the serious injuries and even death that result to patients. The lawyers of Meyers Evans Lupetin & Unatin are well versed in handling such cases and … [Read more...] about Misplaced NG Tubes Pose Serious Threat to Patient Wellbeing
The superbug CRE outbreak that struck UCLA hospital in February has come to Pittsburgh. Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) has had at least one patient confirmed to have contracted a strain of deadly carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) after undergoing an endoscopic procedure called ERCP. At … [Read more...] about Superbug Reaches Pittsburgh Hospital
To The Editor Regarding: The Value of Disclosing Medical Error I write this in response to an article* posted by ALICIA GALLEGOS, of American Medical News, posted June 1, 2011. I heartily support the Lockton Report analyzing the findings of Aug. 17, 2010, issue of Annals of Internal Medicine. … [Read more...] about Disclosing Medical Error – The Right Thing To Do
I represented a child who as a newborn in a neonatal intensive care unit developed a herpes eye infection and later herpes meningitis. A physical examination is recorded each day of the child’s admission. The child’s first physical examination included all normal findings. The same findings, word … [Read more...] about Delay in Herpes Diagnosis Leads to Disaster in a Newborn Infant
Joe Kita writes at readersdigest.com a remarkable set of interviews of physicians and nurses confessing medical mistakes for the record which either could have or did lead to wrongful death. Among those interviewed was Peter Pronovost, a professor at John's Hopkins University School of Medicine, … [Read more...] about Doctors Confess Their Fatal Mistakes
ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS in a recent New York Times article describes outrageous behavior by the clinical director and medical director of Harlem medical center. Under the direction of these former hospital officers (they have since been fired and demoted, respectively) the cardiology department of the … [Read more...] about Echocardiogram Bait and Switch
Doctors knowingly fail to cooperate to make medicine safe because they would then be required to practice safe medicine, and be held accountable if they fail. In the recent issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Drs. Strunk and Queenan in their advocacy for an administrative compensation plan to … [Read more...] about Medical Malpractice – A Bogie?
The March 8th New York Times publishes a remarkably insightful opinion piece by Atul Gawande. Gawande reminds us of a lesson learned long ago in a completely different professional context. In 1935 the U.S. Army Air Corps held a flight competition for airplane manufacturers competing for the … [Read more...] about Medicine Is An Art, Not A Science. Or Is It?
Natasha Singer, in her recent New York's Times opinion piece suggests that saying you're sorry is difficult in the health care industry. Indeed, her article addresses the pharmaceutical industry as well. It is interesting that this issue requires any discussion. We all learned as children the … [Read more...] about Why Can’t Doctor’s Say They Are Sorry?
In 1998 the United States Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the healthcare industry adopted a Patient Bill of Rights. The same year Pennsylvania enacted a Patient Bill of Rights allegedly for the purpose of providing quality healthcare accountability and protection under Act … [Read more...] about A Patient Should Have a Right to Legal Advocacy