Hospitals Are Taking a Financial Hit Due to COVID — Does This Make Them Less Safe?

  The widespread economic impact of COVID caused damage in virtually every industry imaginable. The health care sector, in particular, has dealt with major losses, prompted by a reduction in elective services and the inability of some patients to pay for COVID treatment. Unfortunately, the current financial issues causing headaches for hospital staff also affect patients. The following are a few of the most notable concerns that are impacting quality of care in the midst of the pandemic: Understaffed Facilities At a time when most hospital beds are full, you might expect to see more health care workers on the…

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Your Parent Is Suddenly Sick And In the Hospital: What Can You Do to Provide Additional Protection?

The unfortunate reality of aging is that the caretaker eventually becomes the recipient. As an adult child with senior parents, this can be difficult to accept. This is never more evident than when your parent winds up in the hospital, where quality care can prove alarmingly lacking. Advocate For Your Parent’s Best Interests As the adult child of an ill or injured senior, you can make the greatest difference by simply showing up. Of course, given the frantic pace of everyday life, this is easier said than done. If you have siblings or a spouse willing to help out, consider…

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The Importance of Scribes in Emergency Room Settings

Visiting the emergency room can be a stressful experience for patients and medical staff alike. However, many hospitals can make the experience smoother and eliminate the risk of physician errors. A study by Australian emergency room doctors examined the importance of professional scribes in these settings. Study Design and Participants A scribe is a person who works with a doctor to record a doctor’s instructions, patient history and all facts relevant to treatment. The research team aimed to evaluate how productivity could increase when scribes worked in Australian emergency departments. Multiple hospitals participated in this study – five emergency departments…

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Surgeon Sues to Silence Patient | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

Dr. Kimberley Henry, a California plastic surgeon, has filed a lawsuit against patients who posted negative reviews of her online.  Her lawsuit also demands that the reviews be removed. A similar California case last year ended with the dentist being required pay the reviewers’ attorney’s fees under California’s “anti-SLAPP statute”.  SLAPP stands for “strategic lawsuit against public participation”–an increasingly common practice where corporations and parties with significant resources try to bully members of the public into silence.  Most people cannot afford to defend against these meritless lawsuits and are forced to be silenced out of fear.  The anti-SLAPP statute lets them…

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