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March 17, 2015

Pedestrian Accidents and Michigan No-Fault Law

In September 2013 the State of Michigan released the Michigan Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Action Plan 2013-2016. The primary goal of the Governor’s action team is to decrease motor vehicle pedestrian crashes 15% by 2016. More people walking, more vehicle code violations, increasing distracted driving because of cell phones, and driver impairments (e.g., intoxication)...
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March 9, 2015

Misconceptions of Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

A significant number of Americans believe most medical malpractice lawsuits are unfair or without merit (“frivolous lawsuit” is the catchphrase Karl Rove and the huge billion-dollar insurance conglomerates have infused into the American vernacular since early 1990s).    Reality is over 97% of medical malpractice lawsuits have strong legal and factual merit. A Harvard University...
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February 10, 2015

Sepsis Screening Tool: Preventing Death From Undiagnosed Infection

Sepsis is a major cause of hospital deaths.  In 2008, 2% of hospital patients in the United States were diagnosed with sepsis but the condition caused over 17% of hospital deaths.  There are guidelines for sepsis diagnosis, and the problem is converting knowledge to prompt medical atttention.  Early signs of sepsis are often ignored...
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February 4, 2015

Most Common Medical Errors

The media suggests medical errors are rare occurrences.  In reality, medical errors are common.  The Journal of Patient Safety revealed in 2013 medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in America, trailing only heart disease and cancer.  Between 210,000 and 440,000 hospital patients each year suffer preventable harm in hospitals that contribute to...
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