New surgical sponges include barcodes for tracking

Pennsylvania residents who need to undergo surgery can understandably be nervous. This nervous feeling may relate to many things from concerns about what may be discovered during an operation to medical errors that may be made in the process. While no patient wants to think about the potential of becoming the victim of medical negligence, […]

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Study reveals that medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the us

According to a recent article published by the British Medical journal, medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Martin Makary and Michael Daniel assess its contribution to mortality and call for better reporting, because medical error is not included on death certificates or in rankings of cause of death. […]

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A look at medical errors in pennsylvania

When you or a family member in Pennsylvania becomes sick or injured, the last thing you should have to worry about is the safety of your medical care. However, in today’s society, this concern is a valid one. Many a medical error has been known to leave patients with serious injuries. In some cases, patients […]

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Study communication failures among medical staff often prove deadly

From kitchens and warehouses to industrial plants and office settings, the simple reality is that no single place of employment is immune to breakdowns in communication. However, while breakdowns can be time-consuming and inefficient, the fallout from something like a misplaced order or a failure to complete a report on time is generally limited in […]

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Are discharge instructions understandable to the average patient

Many people may be surprised to learn that the American Medical Association has taken a rather firm position on the degree of difficulty with which patient health information — discharge instructions, etc. — should be drafted. Indeed, the AMA is of the belief that this information should be written for a sixth grade audience. While […]

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The most significant patient safety issues of 2015

As patients, physicians and lawmakers look ahead to the issues that will most critically impact patient safety in 2016, it is important to obtain a firm grasp on the issues that most significantly impacted patient safety in 2015. Not only will reviewing these issues give patients, physicians and lawmakers insight into matters that may continue […]

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Veronica richards named avvo medical malpractice clients choice award for 2015

Richards & Richards, Attorneys at Law, is proud to announce that partner, nurse practitioner, and attorney Veronica Richards has been presented with the 2015 AVVO Medical Malpractice Clients’ Choice Award. AVVO is an online legal forum and directory that provides listings and reviews from previous clients about legal professionals throughout the United States. The AVVO […]

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Study examines whether military air evacuation exacerbates tbis

Thanks to the efforts of researchers, we continue to learn more about traumatic brain injuries, including some of the causes of this devastating condition and some of the viable treatment options. In fact, a group of researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine recently completed a study that could have a profound impact […]

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How delivering a baby can go wrong when the doctor is negligent

Modern childbirth in the U.S. is far safer for mothers and babies than it was in decades and centuries past. Most of the time, both patients leave the hospital in good health, and when there is a complication, doctors generally do everything they can to treat it. Then there are cases where an incompetent or […]

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why does the military facilitate doctor patient sit downs after mishaps

In the past, our blog has discussed how many hospital systems have introduced programs enabling patients and physicians to sit down and talk in a constructive atmosphere in the wake of a serious medical mistake, and how the majority of states, including Pennsylvania, have now passed so-called “doctor apology” laws. Interestingly enough, this push toward […]

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