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 Why the Recalled Rocking Sleepers are Potentially Deadly
Why is it still on the market? Consumer Reports asked this very important question when reporting the findings of its investigation of dozens of infant deaths related to Fisher-Price’s Rock ‘n Play sleeper. On April 5, after Consumer Reports asked for comment about their then-ongoing investigation, the federal government and Fisher-Price issued only a warning about the sleep device, which was both designed and mar...
Philadelphia Accidental Deaths Are in Peak Season
Despite endless back-to-school sales and Halloween displays, summer isn’t over. That’s good news for the crowd that enjoys being able to indulge in balmy August days and temperate September evenings. It’s also a reminder to everyone to remain vigilant about seasonal accidental deaths. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), accidental deaths peak during the warmest months of the year. (In other words, now.)...
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...