It is generally conceded that surgery is a complicated task. Therefore, mistakes will be made. But there are some surgical errors which have no excuse beyond carelessness and negligence: wrong-site surgeries.
Earlier this week, we began a discussion about the Feres Doctrine (FD). This is a Supreme Court ruling from 1950 which has essentially made it impossible to sue the government for medical malpractice injuries suffered by active-duty service members.
Earlier this month, we wrote that military veterans now have access to records of medical malpractice claims made against each of the nation's VA Medical Centers, including the five facilities in Ohio.
Our posts often focus on adverse events which occur in a hospital setting. But it is important to remember that medical mistakes can occur anywhere that patients are seen. Each year, there are approximately 30 times as many outpatient visits as there are hospital discharges.
Earlier this week, we wrote that the Federal government has just released important data about the performance of the nation's 153 VA medical centers (VAMC), including the 5 located here in Ohio. The federal database tracks complaints made against individual medical centers, including claims of medical malpractice.
One of the compensations afforded to our veterans is medical care provided by the nation's 153 VA medical centers (VAMC). In Ohio, we have 5 such facilities, including one located in Cleveland (Louis Stokes VAMC).
Much of our discussion of late has been focused on the importance of quality perinatal care. The recent lawsuit involving the Ohio couple whose child was born with cerebral palsy is a good example of why competent perinatal care is so critical.
The economic recession has hit Ohio hard over the last several years. The effects of the recession are visible in many ways, but new statistics suggest that the recession might be affecting us in some less-visible ways as well.