Nearly everything we do comes with a certain amount of risk. Even when crossing the street, we assume that there is some inherent danger. Most people don't realize, however, just how dangerous some activities actually are.
Last week, we began a discussion about an important study recently published in the American Journal of Medicine. The study says that in some respects, doctors with more than 20 years of experience put their patients at greater risk than doctors with 5 years or less of medical experience.
Earlier this week, we wrote about a study which confirms that July is the most dangerous month to be in the hospital, especially a teaching hospital. This is because July is the month when new residents are turned loose and are no longer as closely supervised by experienced physicians.
Cleveland has at least four teaching hospitals, including the VA Medical Center. However, if you get sick or injured this month, a teaching hospital may not be the best place to go to ensure your safety. That's according to the results of a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
In June, we posted that the US Supreme Court was considering whether or not to hear a military medical malpractice case. The Court's decision was important because the case attempted to challenge the Feres Doctrine.
Last week, we began a discussion about recent court rulings which serve as an important challenge to the Ohio tort reforms of 2003. The statute of repose says that if a plaintiff has not discovered an injury or negligent act after four years, they can no longer sue for medical malpractice.
Under Ohio law, patients harmed by medical malpractice have a limited amount of time in which to file a claim. Two processes dictate these time frames: the statute of limitations and the statute of repose.
Last week, our posts focused on the dangers and surprising frequency of wrong-site surgeries. These occur when surgeons operate on the wrong side of a patient, the wrong part of a patient, or the wrong patient entirely.
Earlier this week, we wrote that despite the adoption of a national protocol in 2004, US surgeons still routinely perform wrong-site surgeries. These are surgeries performed on the wrong side of a patient, the wrong part of a patient or even on the wrong patient altogether.