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December 28, 2018

Improving Patient Safety: The Surgical Black Box

After an aviation accident, immediate efforts are made to recover an electronic recording device in the aircraft known as the “black box.” The aviation black box records important data, including cockpit voices and sounds, and recent flight history. The black box helps facilitate the investigation of aviation accidents and incidents to improve safety and...
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December 17, 2018

Patient Safety in Michigan Hospitals: What Letter Grade Did Your Local Hospital Receive in the Fall 2018 National Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade?

What is Patient Safety? Patient safety is a discipline that emphasizes safety in the health care industry through the prevention, reduction, reporting, and analysis of medical error that leads to adverse effects. As time progresses, healthcare becomes more effective but also more complex with the use of new technology, medications, and treatments. The complexity...
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November 19, 2018

Legalizing Recreational Marijuana: What It Means for Michigan Roadways

On November 6, 2018, Michiganders went to the polls in record numbers.  Among the heated races for governor, attorney general, and senate seats, was proposal one: the legalization of recreational marijuana.  The proposal passed, allowing adults 21 and above to possess a certain amount of marijuana for recreational purposes. What does this mean for...
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September 27, 2018

Myths of Medical Malpractice Lawsuits in Michigan

In 2006, Harvard School of Public Health released a study amidst the ongoing debates over medical malpractice lawsuits in America and their legitimacy. The authors of the study reviewed 1,452 closed claims from malpractice insurance companies and found that most injuries were due to error, casting doubt that the system is plagued by frivolous...
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September 11, 2018

Anesthesia Error: My Loved One Did Not Wake Up After Surgery

Patients undergo surgery to improve or fix a medical condition. Surgery is a serious matter, no matter if it is a “minor” surgery like a routine mole removal or if it is a major surgery like a quadruple bypass. All surgeries have risks. While there is no guarantee in any medical procedure, when healthcare...
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