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Federal Government Must Pay $41.6M for Negligent Forceps Delivery

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A Pennsylvania judge recently entered a $41.6 million verdict against the federal government after an obstetrician employed by a federally-funded health clinic negligently used forceps to deliver a baby. The baby suffered severe permanent brain damage as a result. The lawsuit claimed that the obstetrician applied excessive force and traction and misapplied the forceps on… Continue Reading

PA Courts Discuss Documents Shielded by Peer Review Protection Act

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In a Common Pleas Court decision, the Honorable Terrence R. Nealon set forth a detailed discussion concerning what materials are discoverable in a medical malpractice action under the Peer Review Protection Act (“PRPA”). 63 P.S. §§425.1 – 425.4. In Vaccaro v. Scranton Quincy Hospital Company, LLC, plaintiffs allege obstetrical and hospital negligence leading to a… Continue Reading

Manufacturer Guarantees Surgical Sponge-Scanning System

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According to an article in Outpatient Surgery, every day, operating room (OR) teams nationwide leave almost a dozen surgical sponges inside their patients. To improve patient safety, Stryker implemented its “SurgiCount Safety-Sponge System” to keep track of surgical sponges. Reducing or eliminating the number of surgical sponges left behind reduces the risk of infection and… Continue Reading

Practicing Defensive Medicine: The Doctor’s Cure for Malpractice

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“Defensive Medicine” is a phrase used when doctors order extra tests or perform additional procedures because they are concerned about being sued for “missing something.” However, studies do not support the idea that the extra tests or procedures are warranted and actually reduce the risk of a physician being sued. In fact, numerous studies have… Continue Reading

The Precision Medicine Initiative

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Recently, New York Times journalist Robert Pear published an article on the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI). According to Mr. Pear’s article, in November or December of 2016 you may be selected to join the Precision Medicine cohort, a long-term population-based health research study that will provide valuable research on disease and illness in the United… Continue Reading

Preventing Harm to Patients should be Priority #1 for Healthcare Providers

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A recent BMJ (British Medical Journal) study listed medical errors as the third leading cause of death in the United States. The BMJ recommends that healthcare providers make prevention of patient harm the top healthcare priority and institute policy and procedure changes directed toward that objective. The study points out that the medical cause of… Continue Reading

Practice Doesn’t Always Make Perfect

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An article in the New York Times, authored by Nicholas Bakalar, recently disclosed that one percent of all doctors account for 32 percent of all paid medical malpractice claims. Furthermore, the more often a doctor is sued, the more likely that physician is to be sued again.

Medical Errors are the Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

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A Professor of Surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Martin Makary, M.D., M.P.H., has published his research into various categories of treatment of patients in hospitals. These categories ranged from more simplistic “bad doctors” to “more systemic issues such as communication breakdowns when patients are handed off from one department to another.” Dr…. Continue Reading