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August, 2019

Drunk and High: VA doctor responsible for deaths of three and makes over 3,000 errors before being dismissed from duty

August 22, 2019

This Veterans Administration doctor in Arkansas was arrested last week for intentionally botching diagnoses, falsifying records to cover his tracks, and working while drunk and on drugs.  Back in 2016, the pathologist was suspended after he was found to be drunk on duty with an incredibly high blood alcohol content Read More

Pregnancy often overlooked by science

May 6, 2019

For disabled women or women with rare diseases who are pregnant or hope to conceive, there are so many unknowns. Research on pregnant women has for the most part been banned or ignored. This article reports that The National Institutes of Health began breaking out its spending on pregnancy, maternal Read More

How to report hospitals and doctors when childbirth turns dangerous

April 29, 2019

Did you get bad care during the birth of your child? Obviously you have the right to file a medical malpractice lawsuit but there is more that can be done to help improve care for future patients. USA TODAY’s investigation found that when mothers are injured or die from childbirth, Read More

You need an advocate for when you can’t advocate for yourself

April 22, 2019

I agree 100% with the paragraph quoted below in a USA Today series about injuries during childbirth: “I personally think anybody going to the hospital, for any reason, or any time, you need to have an advocate with you,” said Lisa Kane Low, associate dean of practice and professional graduate Read More

Don’t blame a mother for her own death!

April 15, 2019

From another USA TODAY article in the series investigating childbirth complications in America: “For years, hospitals have blamed rising maternal deaths and injuries on problems beyond their control. Almost universally they’ve pointed to poverty and pre-existing medical conditions as the driving factors in making America the most dangerous place in Read More

How to choose a hospital to deliver your baby

April 8, 2019

Here is more from the recent USA Today series we have been posting the last several weeks: “Lisa Kane Low knows statistics like those found in USA TODAY’s investigation into secretive hospital records can “scare the living daylights out of people.” As the associate dean of practice and professional graduate Read More

Do you know your hospital’s childbirth complication rate?

April 1, 2019

Last week we posted about USA Today’s efforts to publish “secret” data about the rate of severe complications during childbirth at hospitals around the country. Here is the link to their findings in the only 13 states that would release the data. This data does not include any military hospitals Read More

Hospitals try to keep their childbirth complications rates secret

March 25, 2019

A USA Today article reveals: “People facing hip and knee replacement can go online and find out how often those surgeries go awry at hospitals across the country. They can look up a hospital’s death rates for stroke and heart attack patients, too, or how many of its patients get Read More

Parents of injured babies suffer injuries too

March 20, 2019

When a baby is born sick or injured, the entire care team is focused on the baby. However, a new study shows that the parents of newborns who have been hospitalized also need care. They tend to have higher rates of depression, anxiety and acute or post-traumatic stress disorders. Some Read More

Preventable hospital errors kill and injure hundreds every year, including last year in 2018.

March 11, 2019

Surgery on the wrong body part, surgery on the wrong patient, newborns seriously injured and killed during routine deliveries, medication mix-ups leading to serious injury- all of these preventable errors, and more, were reported to have happened 384 times in Minnesota hospitals last year. Minnesota is not alone as other Read More

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