He was sitting on the toilet with his urine saturated pants pulled down and a plastic bag around his neck that wreaked of urine and feces, a nursing assistant testified Tuesday, and her boss, accused of abusing elderly patients, did it to teach him a lesson. (more…)
Hospitals generate higher operating profit margins from most surgery patients who experience preventable complications than from those who don’t, according to a study to be published Wednesday in The Journal of the American Medical Association.
In other words, hospitals are rewarded for their own mistakes. (more…)
It’s tricky. Patients want to be able to shop for high-quality doctors — or at least avoid the bad ones — but the quality information they can access remains spotty at best, even in these days of Yelp and Angie’s List. (more…)
In a March 25 commentary in the American-Statesman, Brooke Rollins of the Texas Public Policy Foundation touts the “Texas Miracle” wrought by medical malpractice reforms in 2003. Rollins focuses on the impact of tort reform on the number of physicians and claims that the “results speak for themselves.” And so they do, but they tell a quite different story than she does. (more…)
Erica Parks knew something wasn’t right in her belly when she left the Alabama hospital that performed her cesarean section in the spring of 2010. (more…)
The injuries that Karen Bartlett suffered after taking a mild pain pill are enough to make anyone squeamish.
Ms. Bartlett contends the maker of the drug she took should be liable for her injuries. The drug maker says it was not responsible for the design of the medication. (more…)
Life is fragile, use it roughly. Wrest from it all you can. Love in it what you’ve got. For once it begins to end, the greens in your fridge will rot less quickly than you do.
I know because it’s just happened to my dad. (more…)
In 2010, Connie Spears, 56, lost both legs due to what she claimed was an emergency room misdiagnosis.
She sued the health care providers involved but her case was tossed out of court because she could not prove the emergency room doctors acted intentionally with “willful and wanton negligence.” (more…)
Lax oversight and biased investigations by Texas state officials have placed vulnerable psychiatric patients at risk for abuse and neglect for two decades, according to a sharply critical investigative report released Monday. (more…)