by Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News When Liz Tidyman’s elderly parents moved across the country to be closer to their children and grandchildren years ago, they carried their medical records with them in a couple of brown cardboard folders tied with string. Two days after their arrival, Tidyman’s father fell, which hadn’t happened before, and … Continue reading KHN: Check Your Medical Records For Dangerous Errors
Another reason to subscribe to the Globe: This Sunday story about how hard it is to get the knives out of the hands of potentially dangerous surgeons. The piece talks about the state medical licensing board's slow process for reviewing complaints against practitioners like high-profile obesity doc Dr. Sheldon Randall. The story is behind the pay … Continue reading Obesity surgeon — with support from colleagues — kept practicing despite complaints, via Boston Globe
Doctors generally don't admit to or apologize for even the most obvious medical mistakes. For the most part, they've never been allowed to. Blame it on those nasty malpractice lawyers who will use it against the doc in court. Or blame it on the hospital lawyers, who need to protect the institution, even if it means not sharing the facts with patients. … Continue reading Globe: New approach to medical errors takes hold
From The Globe: Wide heart monitor use tied to missed alarms/ State reports detail 11 patient deaths linked to alarm fatigue in Massachusetts Steward Health Care chain quits Mass. hospital group: For-profit chain says it can better advocate for its unique interests Report suggests HIT, incubators as part of economic development plan.
In the old days, hospitals were not allowed to admit medical errors to patients and families. Today, at some hospitals, that has changed. Today's Globe story on a lawsuit over a fatal overdose of blood thinner contains this statement from Mass General. A spokeswoman for Massachusetts General Hospital said in a statement yesterday that the hospital regrets … Continue reading ‘Fessing up to medical errors
Also, Obama's proposal is up. More coverage here. The Globe had a good story Sunday on a fatal device breakdown at Mass General Looking at the second paragraph, it appears this story was heavily lawyered, as we say in the news biz --- edited with liability in mind. It lists everything that MGH has done … Continue reading Patient Deaths, Doctor Shortages and Reform in Maine