Ensuring the health and safety of patients often involves monitoring those patients who are in need of continuous care. Failure to monitor patients can have catastrophic consequences, as a recent lawsuit against the Department of Veterans Affairs claims.
When a doctor hands a patient off to another doctor, the transfer of care can too often lead to preventable errors. The result can be patient injuries and medical malpractice litigation, says the author of a recent Medscape article exploring the beginnings and ends of physician responsibility in patient handoffs.
The nine most terrifying words in the English language, it has been said, are "I'm from the government and I'm here to help." Those words rang true again while we read recently that a number of people in the nation's capital were given bad medical information about the Zika virus last year.
No one looks forward to surgery, but most San Antonio residents expect the best and hope that the operation will result in improved health.
Medication errors are a serious problem at medical facilities across the United States, and VA hospitals are no exception.
Many people have made the point, but we are going to repeat it here: when a negligent doctor or hospital is ordered to pay a large amount to a victim of medical malpractice, it is because the damage is extensive. That is the case in a lawsuit recently decided by a U.S. District Court judge who has ordered that a little boy and his parents are to be paid $33.8 million.