Superbug Reaches Pittsburgh Hospital

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...]

Disclosing Medical Error – The Right Thing To Do

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...]

Delay in Herpes Diagnosis Leads to Disaster in a Newborn Infant

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...]

Doctors Confess Their Fatal Mistakes

Joe Kika writes at 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...]

A Patient Should Have a Right to Legal Advocacy

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...]

Heads You Win, Tails I Lose

Kevin Pho, M.D in his medical blog,, invites a discussion concerning whether elderly patients should choose premature death at home rather than being subjected to the complications that are associated with geriatric admissions.  He concludes that elderly patients admitted to emergency … [Read more...]