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August 7, 2020

What is “Alarm Fatigue” and is it Risky?

Nurses have a tough job. They wear many hats and answer to a host of people, such as doctors, administrators, nurse supervisors, patients, and concerned families and loved ones. Nurses also have numerous duties beyond the basic care of their patients. They must review patient conditions and treatment plans with doctors, administer medicine, coordinate...
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August 5, 2020

How Will COVID-19 Effect Medical Malpractice Claims?

Deaths from the coronavirus in the United States have reached 159,000, and more than 4.85 million Americans have been infected. The end of this crisis, unfortunately, is nowhere is sight. The COVID-19 pandemic has put a severe strain on our healthcare system. Communities short on medical staff put out calls for help, and doctors...
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July 23, 2020

Is There Really a “Weekend Effect” for Surgery and Hospital Admission Timing that Impacts Patient Safety?

Being close to the Motor City, you may have heard the warning that you’re not supposed to buy a car that was made on a Monday. That’s because workers were thought to be tired from the weekend, and they’d forget to put a few nuts and bolts on the vehicles… While there really is...
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July 21, 2020

Are There Damage Caps (Limits on Recovery) in Michigan Medical Malpractice Claims?

Most states have laws that limit or “cap” the amount of non-economic damages (i.e., pain and suffering) that a jury may award in some types of personal injury actions. Each state determines its own damages cap.  Michigan enacted strict damage caps in the 1990s as party of tort reform. As a result, it’s not...
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July 6, 2020

What are Common Medical Errors Made By Primary Care Physicians?

A Michigan woman went to see her doctor on a routine visit. The doctor ordered a physical and Pap smear—not unusual for a young woman—and told the patient he’d call with the results in a few days. The test is abnormal because it finds glandular cells, a dangerous pre-cancer of the cervix. The physician...
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