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Expert testimony in medical malpractice cases can be tricky

The fate of medical malpractice cases can hinge on the testimony given by other medical professionals. Expert witnesses are sometimes called to either show that the doctor in question acted in a substandard manner or that he or she acted in accordance with the standard of care the patient could have expected.

Dental visit leads to endocarditis for 15 patients

Going to the dentist is something that many people dread. For many people, this is because they just don't like having to sit in the chair and have someone do things in their mouth. For others, the fear of harm is what makes them want to stay as far away from dentists as possible. A recent case in a neighboring state might have some people thinking twice before going to the dentist.

Who can be named as a defendant in medical malpractice cases?

One of the most important points that you have to determine in a medical malpractice case is what parties are going to be named as defendants in the case. This can vary greatly depending on the circumstances of the malpractice. With that in mind, you will have to carefully consider the events of the case so that you can determine who is going to be named as a defendant.

Does your nurse have a criminal background? Why you'll likely never know

Every day in U.S. hospitals, nursing homes and health care clinics; nurses are on the front lines of patient care. When faced with a health problem or emergency it's imperative that patients feel confident in and can trust and rely upon the medical professionals who have pledged to keep them safe and healthy. While the vast majority of nurses throughout the U.S. and in New York State are competent health care professionals, there are some who directly violate or fail to meet professional and legal standards.

How the medical field's culture may perpetuate medical errors

March 13 through the 19 is National Patient Safety Week and an opportune time for hospitals and individual health care providers to reflect on ways to improve patient safety and care. Statistics related to medical errors prove that there's much room for improvement as, annually, an estimated 200,000 people in the U.S. die as a result of medical mistakes. Despite the fact that medical errors remain the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., many within the medical field struggle with how to address the issue.

Why hospitals need to focus on improving communication

In any workplace, efficiency and the quality of a work product are directly tied to how employees are trained and encouraged to communicate. This is especially true in the health care industry with regard to sharing information about patients and patient outcomes.

Deadly bacterial outbreaks blamed on medical device maker and hospitals

Today's modern medical advances have saved and improved the lives of millions of patients in the U.S. and abroad. Due to developments in equipment and technique, many procedures that were previously considered invasive and required hospitalization are now considered routine and completed within a matter of minutes.

When it comes to medical errors, are hospitals part of the solution or problem?

New York City residents are fortunate enough to have access to some of the best hospitals and medical facilities in the country. However, even the most experienced and astute physicians and healthcare professionals can make mistakes and, in cases where such mistakes come at a cost to patients' safety and health, legal action may be taken.

Infection rates at U.S. hospitals are cause for concern

Annually, an estimated 75,000 patients die and hundreds of thousands more suffer serious injury and harm due to hospital-acquired infections. So-called super bugs like Clostridium difficile and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureu are often spread throughout hospitals and healthcare facilities. These types of bacterium are especially dangerous as, increasingly, they are becoming resistant to antibiotics and therefore extremely difficult to treat.

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