The Patient Advocate

FDA Approved Replacing Pap Smear With DNA Testing

Today we learn of a transformational event. Charles Bankhead writes today on medpagetoday.com about FDA approval of DNA testing for HPV as primary screening for cervical cancer. From Bankhead’s article I am not able to determine the genotypes which are

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Nursing Home Litigation

The importance of quality nursing home care has grown exponentially in the United States with the nation’s rapidly growing elderly population.   Unfortunately, negligent nursing home care has increased along with growth in the nursing home industry.  If you or a

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Evaluation of Anesthesia Case: Failure to Maintain a Patent Airway

The practice of anesthesiology is broad in scope extending from the control of pain and consciousness in the operating room or elsewhere to the control of pain generally in the hospital or even in the outpatient setting. In the operating room, the anesthesiologist, in addition to having an extensive monitoring role, has independent responsibility for evaluating and supporting cardiopulmonary function. Because of their monitoring functions, anesthesiologists, as a rule, document their activities contemporaneously and more thoroughly than any healthcare provider other than perhaps the critical care nurse.

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Evaluation of an Anoxic Brain Injury Case

Patients thankfully do not frequently suffer a brain injury during the course of a hospitalization. When such injuries do occur, medical personnel are quick to explain the occurrences as tragic but unfortunate consequences of unavoidable events. Sometimes they maintain that

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Understanding the Tumor Doubling Defense

The growth of a tumor mass inevitably results in the mass doubling in size over time. Experts defending delay in diagnosis of cancer cases have used this seemingly innocent and logically necessary, though irrelevant, observation over the last twenty years

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You Cannot Consent To Injury

Any person who has had surgery probably remembers signing a consent form or consent to surgery form before surgery.  The consent form is also signed by the surgeon and contains a statement that the patient understands there are risks associated

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Breast Cancer Screening and Mammography

On November 22, 2012, the New England Journal of Medicine published the results of a study examining trends in the screening of breast cancer between 1976 and 2008. The researchers found that screening has promoted a two-fold increase in the

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Recent Op Ed on Reporting of Medical Errors Hits the Mark

Should patients bear some responsibility for reporting medical mistakes? On October 18, 2012, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published a strong op-ed by Karen Wolk Feinstein of the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative.  The well written piece is about an article describing the

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