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...
Philadelphia 10 Reasons Why You Might Consider Hiring a Medical Malpractice Attorney
People often don’t understand the importance of attorneys until they need one. Once someone is thrown into the legal system or needs compensation for a serious injury, they often realize that having a skilled, experienced legal advocate can make a significant difference in their personal lives. There are many benefits to hiring an attorney after you’ve suffered harm at the hands of a negligent healthcare provider. On...
Philadelphia Pennsylvania Nurses Say Staffing Shortage is Major Problem
A recent survey revealed that many nurses in Pennsylvania are unhappy in their jobs. The Pennsylvania Association of Nurses and Allied Professionals conducted the survey and found that the top complaint in the profession is understaffing – a problem which increases caseloads for nurses and undermines patient safety. Inadequate staffing in the nursing profession isn’t a new development, nor is it a problem specific to...