Court Upholds $300 Million J&J Judgment for Pelvic Mesh Injury

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Following a court challenge, a California Court of Appeals upheld a $300 million judgment against Johnson and Johnson while reducing the award by $42 million. More than a decade ago, women seeking help for urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse (POP) were often guided to a surgical solution involving the placement of mesh. With age … Continued

How Poor Handoff Leads to Medical Error

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The process for transferring a patient from one provider to another can cause serious injury if information falls through the cracks. “Handoff” is the term used when a patient is being transitioned for care by another provider, team, or service.  As medical care becomes increasingly specialized, more providers may be caring for a patient.  With … Continued

Too frequent—Preventable Adverse Drug Events in Pediatric Units

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A study from the UK points to ubiquitous, but often preventable medication errors in pediatric units. Medication errors are considered the most common type of medical mistake.  For children, medication errors are particularly dangerous and are estimated to occur three times more often than among adult patients. According to a Sentinel Alert from The Joint … Continued

Opioid Settlement Gets Court Approval Granting Immunity to Sackler Family

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The devastation of the opioid crises continues, and so do Sackler family efforts to shield themselves from liability for a maelstrom of their own making. These days there are fewer shocking videos of people passed out on grocery store floors or behind the wheel of their car.  The disruption and death of the pandemic supplanted … Continued

Research Reveals Radiology Often Lacks in Patient-Centered Care

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New research on the radiology experiences of patients takes a look at a different kind of adverse event—emotional harm. A recent study published in the journal Radiology explored how emotional harm during radiology events can erode patient trust and overall confidence in medical treatment. When discussing adverse events, we often discuss misdiagnosis, delay in care, … Continued

New Study explores Telemedicine and Medical Errors

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New research looks at how the dramatic jump in telemedicine due to the COVID-19 pandemic has led to changes in communication, patient care, and the potential for medical error. Telehealth is here to stay.  While the use of remote care was steadily growing prior to the pandemic, sudden urgency to socially distance, reduce infection rates, … Continued

Understanding the Danger of Postpartum Hemorrhage

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Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is the leading cause of maternal morbidity in the US and the globe.  When unrecognized by providers, PPH can quickly cause disability or death. Approximately 100,000, or three percent, of new mothers experience PPH in the US each year. Recent research suggests the incidence of PPH is rising.  During labor and delivery, … Continued

Blind spot: Bias as a basis of Diagnostic Error

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Understanding bias could help healthcare providers reduce medical mistakes made during the diagnostic process. Diagnostic errors account for a large portion of medical errors.  The evaluative process is used by physicians and Advanced Practice Providers across the medical industry.  The ability—through skill, education, and training—to provide an accurate diagnosis is a fundamental reason people seek … Continued

After the Fact: How can a Root Cause Analysis Prevent Medical Error?

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Medical mistakes are common.  While most medical errors are never noticed, some mistakes cause injury, prolonged treatment, or death.  After a serious medical error, most institutions initiate a Root Cause Analysis (RCA) to explore the event. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Patient Safety Network (PSNet), a root cause analysis is … Continued

Congratulations to Jonathan Schochor as a 2022 Leaders in Law Lifetime Achievement Honoree from Maryland The Daily Record

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For more than 37 years, Mr. Schochor has shepherded Schochor and Staton, P.A. as its founding and managing partner into the premiere plaintiffs medical malpractice firm in Maryland, if not the country. His legal knowledge, trial skills and business acumen combine to form a formidable prowess at the Bar which has led to overwhelming success … Continued