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Our malpractice attorneys in Seattle report on the risks of superbug infections caused by duodenoscopes.

While the media have been reporting many stories of dangerous superbug infections linked to medical scopes all across the country, the problem is more widespread than previously thought because many of the infections are not reported, according to a recent…

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Our malpractice attorneys in Seattle explain "never events" surgical errors.

While serious surgical errors – so-called “never events” such as operating on the wrong body part or wrong patient or leaving a surgical instrument inside a patient – are rare, they still continue to happen in the nation’s hospitals. A…

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Our malpractice attorneys in Seattle report on the New Medical Journal article that calls for transparency about trainees’ role in surgeries.

An article published in the most recent edition of the New England Journal of Medicine calls for medical schools, hospitals, and other healthcare providers to increase transparency regarding the role that trainees play in performing surgeries. Dr. Chryssa McAlister’s piece,…

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Our malpractice attorneys in Seattle report on a study that found threats to patient safety during ‘handoff’ from the emergency department to patient admission.

Poor communication between emergency department (ED) and inpatient doctors during the “handoff” from the ED to hospital admission endangers patient safety, according to a new study from the University of Nebraska Medical Center published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine….

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Our malpractice attorneys in Seattle report that whistleblowers at VA hospitals nationwide have banded together to urge systemic changes amidst treatment delay scandal.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been embroiled in scandal since last summer, when long delays for treatment and a cover-up of those delays at some facilities came to light. The whistleblowers who brought the scandal to the attention…

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Our malpractice attorneys in Seattle report on a new survey of patient safety at U.S. hospitals.

A new survey of patient safety at the nation’s hospitals has found “there is absolutely room for improvement,” according to Leah Binder, the president and CEO of the organization that scored over 2,500 hospitals across the U.S., including 43 here…

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Our malpractice attorneys in Seattle reports on a Study that found that most healthcare workers improperly remove protective gear, thereby increasing contagion risk.

Most healthcare workers do not properly remove personal protective equipment (PPE) after treating an infectious patient, increasing the risk of spreading contagious diseases such as Ebola, according to a study recently published in the American Journal of Infection Control. Only…

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Our malpractice attorneys in Seattle asks if smartphones should be banned from operating rooms.

Everyone knows smartphones are one of modern life’s leading distractions. But what if that distraction were in the hands of a surgeon or other members of the medical team in the operating room? An article in The Atlantic explores how…

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Our malpractice attorneys in Seattle report on a ‘surgical black box’ that could help prevent errors in the operating room.

Errors in surgery are among the most common forms of medical mistakes – and, often, among the most debilitating or deadly. Some advocates are now promoting the installation of recording devices in operating rooms, giving patients the option to have…

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Our malpractice attorneys in Seattle report on a new tool that could help patients make better informed decisions when choosing surgeons.

Two newly launched websites could give prospective surgery patients more information about surgeons’ outcomes, helping them reduce the risk of a preventable surgical error during their own procedures, according to a recent Fierce Healthcare article. At SurgeonRatings.org, patients can search…

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