In our last post, we began discussing the problems of alarm fatigue and auditory masking, the difference being that auditory masking makes it extremely difficult if not impossible for health care providers to distinguish different types of alarms, regardless of whether they are experiencing alarm fatigue.
In our last post, we began looking at a recent Ohio case in which it was ruled that the protection offered by Ohio's Good Samaritan statute extends not only to medical professionals offering assistance at the scene of an emergency, but also to ordinary individuals offering any form of emergency assistance.
Readers may or may not be familiar with the concept of the Good Samaritan in the law of negligence. Ohio, like other states, has its own protections for Good Samaritans. Ohio's statute specifically provides that individuals who administer emergency care or treatment at the scene of an emergency outside a health care institution may not be held liable for mistakes made in the course of administering that care.
In our previous post, we began looking at the distinction between physician misconduct and medical negligence, and the different avenues through which these things are handled. As we noted, medical malpractice and physician misconduct often go together, but it isn't always feasible for a patient to pursue a malpractice claim.
Physician misconduct and negligence often go hand in hand, despite the fact that there is a different avenue for handling each. Negligence refers to malpractice, which is dealt with through the tort system in the courts. Misconduct, by contrast, is handled by state medical boards, which are responsible for issues of physician licensing and discipline.
If asked to identify what characteristics we believed physicians who are more prone to committing medical malpractice would share, there's a very good chance that most of us would list such items as inexperience and youth as a few of the traits of a potentially dangerous doctor.
All of us certainly have not gone to and graduated from medical school. We like to believe that our medical providers who have accomplished such an achievement are some of the smartest people we know.
It might sound like an odd question: "Can I trust my doctor?" One would assume that by making the appointment, putting oneself on the exam table for medical evaluation, and answering extremely personal questions that their doctor has their trust.
He performed unneeded heart procedures, ordered gratuitous tests and overbilled insurers, an Ohio jury has decided. After being found guilty of health care fraud and money laundering, the cardiologist northeast of Warren County must await his sentence.
When she felt chest pain, she did what most people would do: she sought medical attention and advice from specialists. In February of 2010, she went to a cardiac care center and was examined by a doctor there. He gave her the bad news: your heart is weak, he said. But the good news was that he would be able to help her.