SAGES Approach to Minimizing Injury During Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

Patients in need of gall bladder removal often choose a laparoscopic (less invasive) approach for their cholecystectomy. This is because, in general, laparoscopic patients benefit from reduced pain, faster return to normal activities, and reduced risk of surgical site infection with a laparoscopic … [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 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...]

Incidentaloma can make healthy people ill-especially if ignored!

Kevin Pho M.D. has written that a screening test incidentaloma can make healthy people ill.  This is a theme that appears too frequently in the medical literature. When I previously addressed this issue in a prior article it did not then occur to me that the argument might be used to impair patients … [Read more...]