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Chris Nace

Medical Errors: They’re More Common than You Think and You’re Often Paying for Them

In 1999, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report called To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System that brought to light the issue of hospital patients dying from medical errors; at the time is was guesstimated to […]

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Letter Reveals Hospital Deficiencies that Officials Refused to Disclose

In August, United Medical Center (UMC)—a public hospital in Washington D.C.—had their obstetrics license suspended for 90 days without much explanation as to why. The local community and beyond were outraged, not only for the lack of details but also […]

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Remembering Jerry Canterbury: The Man Who Led the Charge for Patients to Control Their Own Medical Destiny.

Over the weekend we learned, more than two months after the fact, that Jerry Canterbury had passed away on March 15th in Hartville, Ohio at the age of 78. Considering the delay in news of his death, it might not […]

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Do U.S. Hospitals Make the Grade with Maternity Care?

In an era when individuals are bearing more of, if literally not all, the financial burden for their health care coverage, we are seeing a much more heightened selection process in regards to where these consumers go for medical treatment […]

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When Are Pharmacy Mistakes Considered Malpractice?

A few months ago, I wrote a blog about human errors comprising one of the leading causes of death in U.S. hospitals and how many healthcare facilities called these events “nevers” (as in, they should never have happened in the first […]

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Can You Sue a Doctor for Lying? The Truth May Surprise You.

Anyone familiar with the Hippocratic oath understands the undeniable bond between medical care and ethics—ideally, physicians are driven by the desire to help patients, not hurt them. Yet, harm does sometimes occur, and patients have the right to hold such […]

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How Public Views Could Be Changing Liability Laws

When an individual is injured in the process of medical treatment and suspects medical malpractice, he or she has the right to hold all responsible parties accountable for any negligence—including the hospital. That is, unless the treating physician is an […]

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What Are Medical Malpractice Caps Really Costing Us?

In a recent post, I explored the constitutionality of medical malpractice damage caps after Florida’s 2nd District Court of Appeal in Charlotte County ruled against limits on non-economic damages in October. Across the state in Broward County, a similar ruling is […]

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Hospital acquired-infections are more common than you think.

According to some of the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on hospital acquired-infections, approximately 650,000 people picked up a bacteria or virus after being admitted to U.S. hospitals in 2011—of those, 75,000 died. […]

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Is Raising Resident Hours the Right Thing to Do?

It was March 4, 1984 and a young college freshman was admitted to New York Hospital suffering from fever, chills and an unexplained flailing of her arms and legs. While she had a history of drug use and depression, hospital […]