Category Archives: Medical Malpractice

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Residents’ Return to 24-Hour Shifts Rekindles Controversy Over Patient Care

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On March 10, 2017, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) announced that first-year doctors will be allowed to work 24-hour shifts in hospitals starting July 1, 2017. The cap that has limited shifts to 16 consecutive hours of patient care since 2011 will be lifted. The 80-hours-per-week cap remains in place. Balancing the… Continue Reading

Osteo Relief Institute Jersey Shore Employees Failed to Wash Hands and Reused Syringes

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As reported by philly.com, New Jersey Department of Health investigators have released a preliminary report finding that that the Osteo Relief Institute Jersey Shore in Wall Township deviated from multiple infection control guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control. The report indicates that the clinic’s disregard of accepted hygiene practices likely caused… Continue Reading

Pennsylvania Court to Reconsider Denial of Attorney-Client Privilege for Email to Consultant

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The Pennsylvania Superior Court will reconsider its ruling that attorney-client privilege does not apply to an email from a hospital’s attorney to its public relations firm. The discovery dispute in the case involved a document generated by outside counsel pertaining to a public announcement planned by the hospital. The announcement would name two doctors who… Continue Reading

Do We Need More Uniformity in Newborn Screening in the US?

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According to the March of Dimes, each year more than 12,000 newborns are identified as having a condition detected through newborn screening. Newborn screening is the practice of testing every newborn for certain genetic, metabolic, hormonal, and functional conditions. If diagnosed early, many of these conditions can be successfully managed, improving lives and reducing costs…. Continue Reading

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