Entries by Jared Green

Retired Naval Officer in Vegetative State After Colonoscopy

When retired Navy Chief Engineman Shon Hollis entered Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Florida, on July 8, 2014, he was already talking to his wife about shopping after the routine procedure. Tragically, that was his last conversation with his wife. As a result of the surgery, Hollis’ brain was oxygen deprived and he is no longer able […]

July is Medical Malpractice Awareness Month

NOW AVAILABLE FOR PATIENTS INSPECTION…”THE SURGEONS SCORECARD” Today, they are making public the complication rates of nearly 17,000 surgeons nationwide. The issue of patient safety has been at the forefront of American health care since 1999, when the Institute of Medicine released “To Err Is Human,” a landmark report on the startling frequency of medical […]

Surgical Errors Are Third Leading Cause of Death in US

Surgical error deaths closely follow heart attacks and cancer as the leading cause of death in the United States. Such serious medical mistakes during surgery may include wrong surgery, wrong site surgery, foreign object left behind, and operating on the wrong patient. A study examined the number of surgical mistakes that happened from 1990 to […]

Patient Files Medical Malpractice Lawsuit After Surgery

A Texas patient whose small bowel was accidentally perforated during a surgical procedure has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit alleging negligence. The allegations include the surgeon failed to note abnormalities on subsequent x-rays; and instead ordered excessive amounts of morphine to purportedly mask the pain symptoms. According to the Southeast Texas Record, “The complaint cites […]

New Report Shows Coaching May Improve Surgical Technique, Decrease Errors

Like most highly-trained professionals, surgeons don’t like to be corrected or coached for that matter. Yet, a new Canadian study reveals that one-on-one coaching sessions employing video replay may improve a surgeon’s technique as well as reduce errors. “Clinical training in the operating room is a valuable opportunity for surgeons to acquire skill and knowledge; […]

Federal Agency Reports 157,000 Childbirth Injuries Each Year

The federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reports that each year in this country there are 157,000 injuries to the mother or child during childbirth. The agency notes that these are avoidable injuries that are caused by medical errors. The Hill reports that these errors are avoidable by ensuring the following steps are completed: […]

Scoliosis, Cerebral Palsy, and Birth Injuries

Injuries to a newborn are perhaps the most tragic of all. Parents who have just witnessed the birth of their child are suddenly faced with the tragic reality that their child is facing life with debilitating defects that will affect the entire life. Scoliosis is one condition that may arise as a result of cerebral […]

Evaluating Surgery Centers

In the last decade, we have witnessed a dramatic upsurge in the number of independent surgery centers across the country. These centers offer an alternative to hospitals when an overnight recuperative period in a hospital setting is deemed unnecessary. Surgery centers may perform medical procedures such as colonoscopies, cataract removal, joint repairs and spinal injections. […]

More on Harvard Health Study

The recent poll conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health continues to be discussed, especially in the New England media. WBUR of Boston contributed an insightful piece on the poll this week as well. Here are some excerpts from that report: Something like 1,000 Americans die of medical errors every day, according to one […]