Philadelphia Were You a Victim of Urgent Care Malpractice?
Sadly, cases of urgent care malpractice are not uncommon. In our overstrained healthcare system, more and more people are visiting urgent care clinics. They turn to clinics when they can’t get appointments with their regular doctors or they need help outside of regular office hours. While people trust these clinics to treat their illnesses and injuries, their trust can sometimes be misplaced. Medical errors made at urgen...
Philadelphia Depersonalization Burnout Is One of the Biggest Threats to Patient Safety
Some of us can still remember the family doctor's coming to our home with a little black bag and curing us with compassion, personal contact and concern, and probably a shot of penicillin.  Those days are long gone, with changes affecting clinical practice that include new payment and delivery approaches, electronic health records, patient portals, and publicly reported quality metrics. Changes to modern medicine bring...
Philadelphia Is the FDA Changing Its Ways on Medical Device Screenings?
When surgically implanted medical devices work well, they help make people’s lives better; but these devices can do serious damage when something goes wrong. Medical devices such as pacemakers, hip and knee replacements, breast implants, heart stents, transvaginal mesh, drug pumps, and metal rods that stabilize spines and broken bones can cause injuries and even death during an implant procedure, or problems may not ari...
Philadelphia How Safe Are Pennsylvania’s Hospitals? A New Survey Has Answers.
Unless you’re in an emergency situation, you usually have the luxury of choosing between healthcare providers in your community. What’s one of the top considerations between clinics and hospital systems? Safety. The Leapfrog Group recently released a lengthy list of report-card-style safety grades for hospitals around the country. As a Pennsylvania-based Pennlive.com feature notes, the grades aren’t based on patien...
Philadelphia Patients’ Skepticism About Medical Treatment Is Warranted
Dr. Vinita Parkash, professor of pathology at Yale School of Medicine, recently wrote a commentary featured in WBUR-Boston’s opinion section, Cognoscenti. In the commentary, she recalls a mistake she made earlier in her career: She failed to identify cancer cells when examining a tissue sample from a 42-year-old woman. That woman later died of cancer. Parkash notes that diagnostic errors receive less attention than oth...