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Military Medical Malpractice

June 14, 2018

In 2012, a federal advisory committee discouraged the routine use of prostate-specific antigen (PSA tests) to screen all men for prostate cancer. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said the harms of aggressively treating some early-stage malignancies detected using the PSA test outweighed any benefit.  However, a recent study showed Read More

Doctors have more time to treat strokes

April 2, 2018

For years doctors believed they had just six hours to save threatened brain tissue from lack of blood flow after a stroke. A new study found they may actually have as long as 16 hours in many cases and another study found the outer limit at 24 hours for some Read More

Artificial Intelligence to fight hospital acquired infections

March 19, 2018

Clostridium difficile (often referred to as “C-diff”), a deadly bacteria spread by physical contact with contaminated objects or infected people, thrives in hospitals causing 29,000 deaths a year in the United States. Traditional methods, such as monitoring hand washing and attempts to spot the infection early, often fail to stop Read More

161 patients at risk for deadly infections after nurse reused syringes

March 11, 2018

Unsafe injections practices, such as reusing a syringe on multiple patients, commonly cause infection outbreaks in developing countries.  This is a problem in other parts of the world because access to good infection control training and medical supplies is limited. Unfortunately, despite appropriate training and abundant medical supplies here in Read More

When doctors get it wrong, there are clues

February 16, 2018

Here is a shocking statistic reported in a recent study:  most people will encounter some kind of diagnostic error in their care at some point in their lifetime.  If you are one of the lucky ones, the misdiagnosis will not cause you any lasting harm.  For many others, however,  misdiagnosis Read More

American women dying in childbirth: it’s usually preventable

December 29, 2017

NPR and ProPublica teamed up for a six-month long investigation on maternal mortality in the U.S.. The resulting series of articles titled “Lost Mothers: maternal mortality in the U.S.” revealed shocking results including the fact that more American women are dying of pregnancy-related complications than in any other developed country. Read More

Illegal VA policy allowed hiring doctors with revoked licenses

December 22, 2017

In 2002, the VA issued national guidelines allowing VA hospitals to hire doctors who had revoked medical licenses as long as the individual still had a valid license in at least once state. This policy was in direct conflict with a federal law prohibiting the VA from employing any doctor Read More

Heart surgery is safer in the afternoon

November 12, 2017

Want to lower your risk of complications after heart surgery? It may be a simple as asking your surgeon to schedule the procedure for the afternoon rather than the morning.  A new study reported in the New York Times this month, showed that on almost every measure- heart attack during Read More

High-risk pregnancies and heart problems linked

October 24, 2017

Pre-eclampsia can have effects long after pregnancy making affected women up to eight times more likely to suffer heart disease. The American Heart Association now recommends women who have had pre-eclampsia be evaluated for heart disease within a year of giving birth. According to one expert, doctors can see heart Read More

Changing discharge rules for pregnant soldiers

October 17, 2017

Pregnant service members used to be able to request discharges from the military and automatically get it but pregnancy discharge rules have changed. To read more: https://www.thebalance.com/military-pregnancy-discharge-3356965   If you are an active duty soldier whose baby was injured due to medical malpractice at any military hospital during pregnancy or childbirth, you Read More

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