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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