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New research could help identify cases of auditory masking, P.2

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.

When can a medical professional be held liable for emergency aid?

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.

Ohio Supreme Court deals with limits of Good Samaritan statute

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.

Physician negligence and misconduct: two separate issues that often go together for patients, P.2

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 negligence and misconduct: two separate issues that often go together for patients, P.1

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.

Study: Lion's share of malpractice claims linked to only a few doctors

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.

She listened to her heart

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.

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