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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.

No longer under the radar: close scrutiny of PIVV IV devices

If you've spent any time as a patient in a hospital in Ohio or elsewhere, there's a good chance you know what a peripherally inserted central catheter is.

In fact, just about the first thing that a nurse will often do when meeting a new patient at his or her bedside is to insert a so-called PICC IV line into an arm. As noted by a study principal and lead author of several papers on PICC devices, "they are very popular … because they make care more convenient and can be placed relatively easily."

Hospital health hazards: not exactly in short supply

We last noted the ECRI Institute in a blog post from late last year, noting therein that the safety-focused group harbors a number of material concerns with some aspects of medical technology (please see our entry dated December 5, 2014).

We stated in that post that comments from ECRI -- a patient advocacy organization -- regarding safety matters in the medical industry "are notable and receive wide media dissemination," owing to the group's independent status and accomplished research team.

What secrets are in your physician's closet? Can you open it?

Trust is the basis of every physician-patient relationship. Patients trust that their doctors are knowledgeable, skilled and responsible. Above all, patients trust that their physicians uphold every aspect of the Hippocratic Oath. Of course, this trust does not have to be blind.

Patients can research whom they choose to provide general care, do their surgery or treat their illness. A popular source for information is a peer or patient rating on a medical review site, but how accurate are these sites? Do they really include all of the information necessary to make an informed decision?

Negligent care-provider weapon: secrecy agreements

Patients in Ohio and elsewhere across the country who suffer injuries as a direct result of preventable medical error routinely confront officials representing negligent care providers who seek to dissuade them from filing medical malpractice lawsuits.

Would-be malpractice defendants pursue that strategy for a number of reasons. Foremost, of course, is their strong desire to avoid any judgment of liability and resulting duty to pay damages.

It's not just doctors who complain about EHR-linked medical devices

We have visited the A-list medical topic of electronic health records in prior select posts, typically noting both the ups and downs associated with EHR implementation and processes.

The good is indeed good, when things work as planned. Communication among doctors and facilities can be enhanced, error can be reduced and greater efficiencies can help curb costs.

Should you be worried if your doctor is an independent contractor?

Many employees who temporarily enter your life to perform some type of service or labor are so-called independent contractors. Such workers are often craft persons working in specialized trades such as roofing, plumbing, construction and carpentry. In recent years, though, there has also been a proliferation of independent contractors in occupational fields like engineering, accounting and even law.

Would it strike you as odd or perhaps even troublesome if you found out that one or more of your Ohio doctors was an independent contractor?

Diagnostic focus, Part 2: breast biopsy concerns, considerations

Saying it is "a call to action for pathologists and breast cancer specialists," medical commentators are referring to an "important" study spotlighting breast biopsy follow-up recommendations.

What they are prominently noting from that effort is this: There is such a marked variance in the results reached by pathologists interpreting biopsies that many women advised to seek treatment for detected irregularities should defer from immediately doing so. Instead, they should seek a second opinion.