Jan 14 2015

The Foreseeability of Accidental Shootings

A couple of weeks ago, a 2-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his own mother while she shopped in an Idaho Walmart. By all accounts, the mother was a smart, professional and otherwise responsible woman. The infant had managed to unzip a specially-designed gun compartment in his mother’s purse, from which he withdrew the gun […]

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Jan 3 2015

How Is Profiting From Non-Consensual TV Coverage of a Patient’s Death Not “Outrageous” Enough?

A recent New York Times article entitled “Dying in the E.R., and on TV” raises troubling issues concerning patient privacy and the emotional distress suffered by a family already hurt by the death of its patriarch. In April, 2011, ABC-TV’s hospital-based reality show, “NY Med,” was filming inside NY Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center the night Mark Chanko was […]

Nov 29 2014

Changing The Way The Medical Industry Processes Medical Errors

Patients who become victims of medical malpractice rarely receive an acknowledgement of the mistake, or an apology, according to a new study by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Apparently, only 9% of the patients who participated in the study said that the medical provider/facility voluntarily disclosed the mistake. When harm was disclosed, it was […]

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