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Leapfrog Report Cards for Local Hospitals

On Wednesday I shared a summary of Leapfrog’s report cards on several hospitals in the Roanoke and New River Valleys.  Here are the report cards published by the Leapfrog Group for two additional hospitals in our area of Virginia: 1.  Memorial Hospital of Martinsville received a “C.” Infection problems included higher than average instances of…[Read More]

Medical Errors: How do you know when it happens to you?

Most of the time you (or your family if you are no longer around) know if medical negligence has occurred because the unanticipated injury is obvious or the patient has unexpectedly died.  However, this is not always the case which brings me to a recent article in the Roanoke Times reporting on all of the…[Read More]

Doctors Instructed to Go Light on Sedatives and Pain Meds to Move Patients Along?

Are you kidding me? A hospital taking short cuts to discharge patients too early in order to increase revenue? Erik Franck, MD, an anesthesiologist practicing at the Kaiser Permanente hospitals in the Portland, Oregon has filed a lawsuit against Northwest Permanente (a division of Kaiser Permanente) making these very allegations.  Dr. Franck believes Kaiser was more interested in…[Read More]

Watch out for medical mistakes while in the hospital

I didn’t write the title to today’s post but I certainly agree with it.  The title to today’s post comes from The People’s Pharmacy and was written by Joe and Teresa Graedon.  The article was re-published by my local paper, The Roanoke Times, and presents some pretty sobering statistics:   1.  Medical error is the…[Read More]

5 Ways to Make Hospitals Safer

I read with interest an op-ed letter in this week’s Wall Street Journal (May 18, 2016). The letter was written by James Lieber, a lawyer in Pittsburgh.  He noted the recently released studies revealing an astonishingly high number of Americans lose their lives each year due to preventable medical negligence.  His suggestions to improve patient care include:…[Read More]

Duodenoscope and Infections: Disturbing News

Duodenoscopes are used in more than 600,000 procedures, called endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) in the United States each year. The procedure is the least invasive way of draining fluids from pancreatic and biliary ducts blocked by tumors, gallstones or other conditions. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal reported that the Food and Drug…[Read More]

Why medical malpractice?

Work is work, but meaningful work makes it so much more.  So why do I do medical malpractice law?   I attended a luncheon today honoring United States District Judge Elizabeth Dillon for her service to an organization.  Many local attorneys who do many different things (think Social Security disability to employment law to business…[Read More]

Sometimes the Pathologist is Right

A pathologist is a physician who examines tissues, checks the accuracy of lab tests, and interprets the test results in order to facilitate the patient’s diagnosis and treatment.  They often play a very important role in the correct diagnosis and treatment of patients…they just operate behind the scene and I recently read a case report which highlights…[Read More]