A blade was left inside a patient during bypass surgery
The blade was not found until three months later when Victor Hutchison was X-rayed at another hospital after being admitted with gall bladder pain . . .

. . . Surgical staff realised one of the scalpel blades was missing and spent an hour searching for it following the operation.

Mr Hutchison was given an X-ray but ...

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''We're sued for charging too much and blamed for not collecting bad debt."
Bad debt at hospitals is a sensitive issue. But folks, the money has to come from somewhere, or else the hospital will go out of business - and everyone will then lose.

A man in Boston is acting as his own lawyer arguing a malpractice suit
"He has accused Brigham and Women's Hospital physicians Dr. John Ready and Dr. Thomas Simopoulos of going ahead with hip surgery on his 62-year-old mother, Leona, after her blood pressure dropped to a dangerously low point on Jan. 14, 2000. Leona Trabucco died on the operating table after efforts to resuscitate her failed . . .

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Galen hosts Grand Rounds this week
Come take a trip around Blogger General Hospital.

Hospitals may become criminally liable for MRSA infection
"UK Health Secretary, Patricia Hewitt, says UK hospitals should face the same strict hygiene regulations that factories do - hospital managers should have a legal duty to protect patients from MRSA.

If the Labour government's plans materialise, hospitals may become criminally liable for MRSA infection.

Patricia Hewitt would like to make it easier for patients to sue for medical negligence. ...

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A doctor in New Zealand is told to apologize for not obtaining a chest x-ray soon enough
"A doctor who failed to arrange a chest X-ray for an elderly patient, later rushed to hospital with pneumonia, has been told to apologise.

The woman's granddaughter complained to the health and disability commissioner in 2003 about the care her grandmother, a rest home resident, received.

The doctor, known as Dr ...

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"Me too!": A jackpot jury award causes another to up their request for damages
"If a Portsmouth man can win $800,000 in damages because someone left a towel inside him after a surgery three years ago, then a 69-year-old Courtland woman who endured the same thing might deserve an equal award . . .

. . . BrownÂ’s medical malpractice lawsuit, expected to be heard by a jury later ...

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A hospital stay can make the elderly more likely to commit suicide
"A study in the May edition of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society indicates that suicide in persons age 80 and older is more prevalent among those who have been hospitalized than in those who have not."

A teacher died from meningitis after 3 docs missed the diagnosis
"Hannah Kemp, who taught in Lanarkshire, had been seen by her GP and visited at home by two other on-call doctors before an ambulance was called.

However, the 56-year-old died while she waited to be taken to hospital."

I would say after the patient needed the second doctor, she should have been transferred to the hospital. ...

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The BMJ gives House, M.D. three out of four stars
"But, like so many top-class US series, this is fantasy with a knowing edge. It is a rebellion against blandness"”ratings were tepid until House was scheduled immediately after American Idol, a talent show in which Britain's Simon Cowell lacerates wannabe pop stars. Verbal brutality sells these days.

Doctors may well enjoy watching a stubbly, tieless consultant who fights with ...

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Doctors' handwriting is as bad as ever
"*A doctor prescribed the Alzheimer's disease drug Reminyl. The pharmacist misread it as Amaryl, a diabetes drug. Consequently, the patient wound up in the hospital with dangerously low blood sugar.

*A patient was supposed to get the angina drug Isordil, but the pharmacist misread the prescription as Plendil, a drug for high blood pressure. The patient suffered a heart attack and died.

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The importance of followup: A physician was successfully sued for not following a pancreatic mass that turned out to be cancer
"On June 9, 2003, Herman Darrell Storms and his wife, Shirley Storms, filed suit against Dr. Thomas J. Moore, Dr. Karl Heinss, and Baptist Regional Medical Center (BRMC) alleging that on April 4, 2000, Storms was admitted to the hospital under the care of Moore and Heinss, and that ...

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Tough talk: Washington DC outlines their tort reform plan
"Williams's proposal seeks to cut liability premiums by limiting lawsuits. It would require injured patients who wish to sue to obtain a "certificate of merit" from a practicing D.C. doctor who agreed that there was "a reasonable basis" for the suit. Patients who cleared that hurdle could sue, but their attorneys would be barred from collecting fees in excess of ...

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Rite of passage: One in three medical students are bullied in the hospital
"Thirty-five per cent of medical students who responded to the BMA Medical Students Committee welfare survey had experienced some form of bullying while at university or on a hospital placement.

Around one in four had been bullied by a doctor, while one in six had been bullied by a nurse. Forms of bullying ranged from racial ...

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An ER doctor is sued after a patient he discharged later died of alcohol toxicity
"According to the paperwork filed by Bilbo, Amy Sue Gebhardt was stopped by Hanover Police shortly after 1 a.m. on March 25, 2004, on suspicion of drunken driving.

Gebhardt refused to take a field sobriety test and was taken to Hanover Hospital for alcohol testing, according to the complaint. A blood test showed her ...

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Shoddy weekend care? A physician defends himself
"The state said in its report that nurses had tried to call Pesavento about Allen. Nurses said they did not report the situation to the surgeon's superiors because they feared they would 'get in trouble' for going over a doctor's head, according to the health department."

This is follow-up to the case where a patient died after allegedly not being ...

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A 2-year old died in his father's arms while waiting to be seen in the emergency room
"The Toronto Sun reported yesterday that the child was brought to the hospital by his parents around 5:30 Monday morning. He had reportedly vomited and had diarrhea the day before, and when his condition did not improve his parents tried to have him seen by an emergency room doctor.

They told the ...

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They found Legionnaries' disease in a teaching hospital in NYC
"Legionnaires' disease is a bacterial infection with pneumonia-like symptoms that first became widely known after a 1976 outbreak killed 34 people attending an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 8,000 to 18,000 people contract the disease each year in the United States, and it is rarely fatal except for people with ...

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News flash: Drug ads work
"To conduct the study, Richard Kravitz, director of primary-care research at the University of California, Davis, in Sacramento, Calif., hired a group of women actors to mimic different forms of depression and to make various requests of physicians during unscheduled visits.

The actors made a total of 298 visits to 152 doctors' offices in Rochester, N.Y., San Francisco and Sacramento.

When they made ...

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Orac talks about a case where a brain-dead 13-year old boy is being kept alive on a respirator
"Even worse is that a lawyer would file such an outrageous motion. Although I rarely agree with hospital flacks, in this case, I have to agree with Montefiore's spokesman, who said: 'The case and what this lawyer is doing is atrocious and a disservice to this family.' Indeed. The family has ...

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