Jul 31 2014

The Hidden Epidemic of Medical Errors

Some of the leading causes of death in this country are preventable, but none as much as the third: Fatal medical errors. The figures are sobering: The US Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging recently held hearings in response to a study by the Journal of Patient Safety that estimated the annual number of […]

Dec 5 2013

Will Access To Clinicians’ Notes Improve Patient Safety?

I just came upon a stirring article in the New England Journal of Medicine, entitled “The Road toward Fully Transparent Medical Records” (sic). It’s a little long, but well worth reading, because it contains truly revolutionary ideas. By now, everyone in the healthcare field, and some patients, have become aware of the increasing use of […]

Nov 20 2013

Pennsylvania Doctors No Longer Have To Fear Saying “I’m Sorry”

Physicians who have made medical errors have traditionally been warned against apologizing to a patient’s loved ones. This is due to the fear that such expressions of regret would be understood as admissions of liability. A new law passed in Pennsylvania will permit physicians to apologize for mistakes without the fear that their remarks will […]

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