Malpractice

Missed blood test results

Missed blood test results

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A patient's positive hepatitis B results were overlooked for 7 years.

Unchecked MRI results

Unchecked MRI results

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A clinician sends an 18-year-old patient for a same-day MRI but forgets to review the results with the same urgency.

California penalties on medical errors do not reduce errors

California penalties on medical errors do not reduce errors

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A program in California where hospitals are penalized for preventable medical errors has failed to reduce the number of errors.

A clinician and patient mistake

A clinician and patient mistake

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It is well-accepted that healthcare practitioners have a duty to their patients, but do patients have a duty as well?

New York's proposed "Lavern's Law" halted in state legislature

New York's proposed "Lavern's Law" halted in state legislature

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A law aimed at helping victims of medical malpractice did not pass the New York State Legislature.

Clinician calls for retraction of "flawed" BMJ study of medical errors in the U.S.

Clinician calls for retraction of "flawed" BMJ study of medical errors in the U.S.

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A clinician has called for the retraction of a study that identified medical errors as the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States.

Adverse events in hospitals on the decline

Adverse events in hospitals on the decline

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Several reports have found that the rate of adverse events among hospitalized patients has been declining in recent years.

Another 
clinician's prescription

Another 
clinician's prescription

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A communication failure 
when one clinician refills a prescription written by another has a dire result.

Jury sides with clinician in medical malpractice case blamed on smoking

Jury sides with clinician in medical malpractice case blamed on smoking

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A clinician was found not guilty of negligence after his patient, a lifelong smoker, died of cancer.

One in 5 hospitals has failed to adopt a "never events" policy

One in 5 hospitals has failed to adopt a "never events" policy

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A significant number of hospitals do not have sufficient policies in place to deal with the aftermath of egregious hospital errors.

PA malpractice case rates slightly increasing

PA malpractice case rates slightly increasing

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From 2005 to 2014, there has been a slight increase in the rate of malpractice cases among PAs.

Joan Rivers' medical malpractice case settles

Joan Rivers' medical malpractice case settles

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Joan Rivers' family filed a medical malpractice suit after her death, and the case has been settled.

Why some clinicians are more likely to be sued

Why some clinicians are more likely to be sued

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A small percentage of clinicians account for almost one-third of paid malpractice claims.

Rates of clinician discipline vary widely across United States

Rates of clinician discipline vary widely across United States

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In the United States, some states have 4 times more disciplinary actions for clinicians compared with other states.

Collaborative practice agreements

Collaborative practice agreements

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Duty of care owed to a nurse practitioner's patient by a collaborative practice partner comes into question.

Indiana approves first increase in medical malpractice caps in 17 years

Indiana approves first increase in medical malpractice caps in 17 years

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A new bill has passed in the Indiana state Senate that will increase malpractice caps to $1.8 by mid-2019.

Nurse loses license after taking inappropriate pictures of patient

Nurse loses license after taking inappropriate pictures of patient

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A nurse was charged with a felony and lost her license after distributing pictures of a patient's genitals to coworkers.

Adding new transparency to medical errors

Adding new transparency to medical errors

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Brigham and Women's Hospital has taken the bold step of publishing a public blog of its medical errors and close calls.

Settlement reached in malpractice suit in which patient was a physician

Settlement reached in malpractice suit in which patient was a physician

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An undisclosed settlement was reached between the family of a deceased physician and the hospital at which she had just become a pediatric resident.

Parents catch medical errors that hospitals miss

Parents catch medical errors that hospitals miss

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Of the parents surveyed, 34 reported a total of 37 safety incidents.

Several states consider new system for medical malpractice claims

Several states consider new system for medical malpractice claims

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Five states are considering adopting a new Patient Compensation System that would streamline the process of filing medical malpractice cases.

Miscommunication contributes to one-third of malpractice cases

Miscommunication contributes to one-third of malpractice cases

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A new study found that communication failures contributed to almost one-third of all medical malpractice cases in the United States.

Indiana proposes first increase of malpractice caps since 1999

Indiana proposes first increase of malpractice caps since 1999

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Republicans in Indiana want to raise the state's malpractice cap in an attempt to retain the cap's existence.

When can a car crash be considered medical malpractice?

When can a car crash be considered medical malpractice?

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A patient got into a car accident after clinicians failed to warn her of the side effects of the drugs they administered to her.

Medical malpractice claims against anesthesiologists decreasing

Medical malpractice claims against anesthesiologists decreasing

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The number of medical malpractice claims made against anesthesiologists has significantly decreased since 2005.

Could Denmark be the blueprint for an American medical malpractice overhaul?

Could Denmark be the blueprint for an American medical malpractice overhaul?

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Denmark's compensation-based medical malpractice program has several features that could benefit the current malpractice system in the United States.

Emergency ignored in an alcoholic

Emergency ignored in an alcoholic

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Clinicians assume symptoms in a patient who regularly presents intoxicated are due to alcohol.

Which clinicians get sued, and why?

Which clinicians get sued, and why?

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Clinicians are more likely to have been sued if they practice in obstetrics/gynecology, surgery, or orthopedics.

Florida attorney general defends state's medical malpractice limits

Florida attorney general defends state's medical malpractice limits

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The attorney general of Florida has filed a brief defending the state's current monetary cap on medical malpractice awards.

Hospital-acquired conditions have decreased since Affordable Care Act implemented

Hospital-acquired conditions have decreased since Affordable Care Act implemented

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Since the start of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, patient deaths due to hospital-acquired infections have dropped by almost 90,000.

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