Ohio Personal Injury Law Blog

Focus: preventable hospital mistakes killing patients, Part 2

A central part of the ancient Hippocratic oath that still resonates with meaning in the medical world challenges doctors with this dictum: "First, do no harm."

That seems obvious, doesn't it? Through due care and reliance upon the long and arduous training that confers medical competence, a doctor seeks to understand a patient's malady and improve his or her condition. Implicit in that task is a given standard of care that seeks to ensure that acts of negligence marked by preventable harm are not visited upon the patient.

Pernicious and enduring: preventable medical errors in the U.S.

At one time, it was assuredly the medical industry's best-kept dirty little secret.

The proverbial "cat out of the bag" moment that put a spotlight on an enduring and seemingly intractable problem in the medical world and revealed it with fanfare to the public came summarily in 1999. That was the year that the now-famous "To Err is Human" report authored by the national Institute of Medicine was published and received widespread scrutiny.

Women and strokes: some special considerations

The tight link that often exists between brain injury and stroke is a close and well-established one. Traumatic brain injuries can materially increase the likelihood of stroke in many people and, conversely, strokes can often give rise to severe and permanent head trauma.

Understanding -- that is timely recognizing -- that nexus is often critically important for ensuring that a stroke victim gets prompt and appropriate medical treatment to alleviate symptoms.

Nurses say staff cuts are imperiling patients' safety

More nurses, better care?

That is a viewpoint expressed with some emphasis and by a clear majority of nurse respondents in study results recently released by one state's nursing association. We pass along some of the mainstream contentions of the more than 320 nurses surveyed in the study, given the likelihood that their concerns are shared by many of their peers working in Ohio hospitals and other medical facilities across the country.

No longer science fiction: hacking concerns with remote surgeries

Here's a hypothetical that might have once fit nicely as a plot line in a James Bond film or in a science-fiction thriller.

It goes like this. A doctor is able to perform surgery on a patient while physically being thousands of miles removed from that person. Through the use of a remote robotic assist and so-called "telesurgery," the surgeon might, for example, be able to successfully operate on a patient in South Africa while remotely guiding a surgical arm from an Ohio hospital.

Do hospitals need to take a new, hard look at MD credentialing?

It has long been the case, generally, that doctors have followed a similar and seemingly tried-and-tested process for being deemed duly competent in their profession. Medical school is followed by a residency program and, often, additional training that results in board certification being conferred by a state licensing authority.

Once all that has been accomplished, a certain presumption can set in. As noted in a recent article discussing physician competency, many facility administrators view that traditional routes to credentialing "ensure that doctors have the skill they need to adopt new tools."

Self-explanatory: largest med mal payout in one state's history

Many readers of our blog posts in Ohio and elsewhere might find that, following their review of a story relating to a medical malpractice case from New Hampshire, it is flatly difficult to see where doctors at a medical facility there did anything right at all.

That certainly seemed to be the viewpoint of a federal judge in that state, who ruled earlier this month in a hospital negligence case in favor of a plaintiff victim, awarding that man and his family millions of dollars.

Opinion: Mentoring, feedback, criticism of MDs should never stop

The adage "practice makes perfect" is only half of the equation when it comes to success in many endeavors.

Although practice is essential toward improvement in virtually any field, of course, it is hard to conceive how progressive betterment in one's chosen specialty can come through studied self-application alone.

Jury finds doctor negligent in stroke, brain injury case

A stroke can often precipitate a traumatic brain injury and directly lead to permanent and sometimes catastrophic results.

Although not every stroke is of course quickly and easily diagnosed, a patient often exhibits one or a number of overt symptoms that a duly alert doctor can recognize and timely treat, thus avoiding a dire -- and sometimes fatal -- outcome.

Looking for an accuracy-promoting assist during spinal surgeries

How well can your doctor count?

Although that might seem like a silly and even tongue-in-cheek question, the ability of a physician to be painstakingly and precisely accurate with numbers can be of paramount importance in myriad medical contexts, including surgery.