Category Archives: Medical Negligence

Medical negligence is when a doctor or hospital fails to conform to the medical standards of care and injures a patient as a result.

Can Being Mean to Your Child’s Doctor Lead to Worse Care?

It is essential for doctors to maintain a healthy state of mind while practicing medicine. Unfortunately, we as patients or family members can sometimes lose our patience. It turns out being rude to your doctor puts them into an unhealthy state of mind and increases the risk of being harmed by a medical mistake. Research conducted at the University of Florida discovered doctors are more likely to make diagnostic mistakes when the parents of child patients are rude. According to the researchers, 40 percent of errors related cognitive performance may be attributed to how doctors are affected by rudeness. Doctors who experienced rudeness from the parents of their patients had worse diagnostic accuracy. They were also less likely to share information or communicate with family members of child patients. This is not the first study to identify a correlation between being nice to doctors and receiving an accurate diagnosis. A…
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Are Superbug Infections the Ultimate Patient Safety Threat?

The medical community expressed alarm over a case in Nevada involving an elderly woman who died from a superbug infection. Doctors could not keep the infection from spreading, and later determined she was infected with the superbug CRE. This case is a reminder that superbug infections could become the most serious patient safety threat of the 21st century. Doctors at the Nevada hospital that treated the woman sent samples of the bacteria to the Centers for Disease Control. According to officials at the CDC, the bacteria underwent testing against all antibiotics available to doctors in the United States. All 26 antibiotics failed to kill the superbug. An investigation into this case revealed the woman had spent an extended period of time in India. At one point during the trip, she broke her right femur and developed a bone infection in her femur. She underwent treatment multiple times at hospitals in…
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Florida Hospitals Lose Funding for Patient Safety Hazards

Seven hospitals in Northeast Florida are losing Medicare funding for having high rates of hospital-acquired infections and other patient safety hazards. Under a provision in the Affordable Care Act, hospitals are graded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on patient safety. Hospitals are assigned scores on a 10-point scale. Those in the bottom 25 percent lose reimbursements they receive for treating Medicare patients. Seven hospitals in Northeast Florida will lose 1 percent of their Medicare reimbursements, which amounts to hundreds of thousands of dollars. There is of course, also damage to the reputation of the hospital to consider. Patient safety, especially sanitation, must be a major priority for these institutions. Hospital-acquired infections, which include superbugs like MRSA, are responsible for almost 100,000 deaths every year. How to Check Your Local Hospital for Patient Safety Hazards Fortunately, patients can pull data collected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid…
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