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FDA continues to be criticized in CRE bacterial outbreak

We referenced a "high-profile and nationally important health-related story" in a recent blog post.

The tale has continued to be just that, with every indication that the story pinpointing the role played by tainted medical endoscopes in the transmission of a deadly bacteria will continue to feature prominently in the American media.

What can -- and does -- go wrong in hospitals, Part 2

The envelope, please.

We alluded to the so-called "Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations" list in our immediately preceding blog post (please see our April 12 entry). The list is the second annual compilation authored by the ECRI Institute, a national organization focused upon patient safety. Following is a capsule summary of ECRI's findings.

80 percent of Autism, ADD and ADHD cases linked to birth injuries

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are developmental delay disorders. As the name ASD implies, a diagnosis is not the same for everyone. The cognitive and psychological impairments can range from mild to severe. A child may even go undiagnosed because the symptoms can masquerade as character traits or are written off as bad behavior.

A study conducted by several medical researchers and doctors looked for the source of these disorders, and they found it to be in the form of a birth injury. In fact, researchers found that at least one type of injury occurred in 80 percent of the cases studied involving these disorders.

Medicine: How about a bit more empowerment for junior doctors?

It's pretty clear how our readers in Missouri and elsewhere would uniformly respond to a question asking whether they would prefer to work for an explosive and bullying boss or someone they felt they could candidly address without risking a condescending response or curt dismissal.

The same answer -- I'll take a rain check on the bully, please -- readily applies across virtually every industry, of course, including the medical profession, where authoritarian and abrasive behavior appears to be a bit of a problem.

Study: Stressed nurses cite link between medical devices, errors

A strong majority of nurses surveyed in a recent medical study have a clear prescription for improving patient safety, namely this: having the ability to spend time with patients.

As patently obvious and as much of a no-brainer as that might seem, adequate nurse-patient interaction is more a hoped-for result than it is a reality at bedsides in hospitals across the country.

Study finds medical errors common in hospitals

Many patients rely on hospitals for treatments, care and emergency procedures. You do not expect to suffer further harm or complications after going to the hospital. Unfortunately, patients are at risk for experiencing a preventable mistake while in the hospital, according to a study by Consumer Reports. 

The researchers found some disturbing findings that highlight the serious risks patients face, even when they are in the hospital for a minor procedure or treatment. 

When is the hospital responsible for medical malpractice?

When many people in Kansas City think of medical malpractice, they likely think of a physician committing an error that causes serious harm to a patient. While this is often the case, the physician is not always solely responsible for the incident. Oftentimes, the hospital itself is liable.

Understanding whether the hospital is responsible -- at least in part -- for a medical error takes some investigation, so it is often wise to work with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Assuming the error was made by a physician, nurse or other hospital employee, a good place to start is with the hospital's hiring practices.

Preventable medical harm: enduring scourge in the medical industry

Doctors and hospital administrators in Missouri and nationally understandably have an obsession with getting things rights and avoiding errors, given the clear and singular downside associated with mistakes in the medical profession.

Although it is certainly true that errors committed by medical professionals in hospitals and clinics across the country do not routinely result in adverse outcomes, it is just as true that mistakes frequently bring about dire consequences.

Are changes upcoming for Missouri medical malpractice law?

The Missouri House of Representatives is scheduled to vote soon on a legislative bill that passed easily through the state's Senate last week.

The bill that is now one step closer to being enacted as law is a tort reform measure that, ostensibly at least, is intended to lower insurance premiums by capping awards for persons injured through medical malpractice acts.