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Will healthcare become more "patient centered?"


One method of improving patient care is viewing medicine from the perspective of the patient as a whole and not merely as a collection of symptoms. Studies have shown where individuals participate in their care, ask questions and understand a diagnosis and treatment plan, the better they tend to fare.

Flying is safer than surgery and it is no accident


The commercial aviation and the airline industry are subject to very strict government regulation. In the event of a crash, it is not the airline, nor the manufacturer that investigates what went wrong. No, a separate governmental agency, whose job is only to examine transportation disasters, handles the investigation.

Can your surgeon keep you safe from an operating room fire?

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Surgeons and patients are not thinking about fires when they enter a hospital operating room.  There are so many things that take priority at that moment. For the patient this is an opportunity to improve their quality of life.  For a surgeon this is what they are trained to do. Too often unfortunately they are not trained to prevent a fire in the operating room.  

Fires in the operating are considered rare*(between 500-600/year) but they are devastating for patients. Unfortunately for victims these are catastrophes that could be avoided. All it would take is proper training for surgeons and anesthiologists; and a commitment to communicating proper procedures as a surgical team. 

Infections remain a threat to patient safety

Doctor Scrubbing Up.jpgSurgical infections are a threat to every patient who undergoes any surgery. The skin is marvelously effective at protecting us from infection, but once that seal is broken, things can go terribly wrong. With much orthopedic surgery, the incision is necessary and the implant that may be used can itself carry additional risk of infection.

A message of hope for families affected by Cerebral Palsy (SlideShare)

White-Paper-Button.jpgWe frequently work with families struggling to understand a cerebral palsy diagnosis, including what caused the condition and how it will impact their child's future. To provide a resource and starting place for these families, we recently published a white paper titled "Cerebral Palsy: A Message Of Hope For Illinois Families."

The most important piece of information that we want to convey to families is the message of hope. CP is the most common childhood disability, but affects each child differently. While not curable, advances in technology and therapy options allow children with CP to thrive.

U.S. Senate cannot overlook patient safety in the 21st Century Cures Act


It is very likely that you are not familiar with some rather important legislation being considered by Congress regarding the funding and approval for medication and medical device development. Unless you are in the medical field or involved in politics, you may have never even heard of the 21st Century Cures Act.

The 21st Century Cures Act is health care legislation aimed at keeping the U.S. competitive in the medical research industry. Essentially, it would provide billions of dollars of funding to the National Institutes of Health agency and "streamline" the path to approving new medications and medical devices. However, even though the measure cleared the House last month, there continues to be considerable debate over whether will help or harm patient care.

New white paper available for families affected by cerebral palsy

CP.PNGAfter learning your child has cerebral palsy (CP), you probably have many questions and may not know where to turn for answers. We have compiled a resource that provides a starting point to your research.

We answer basic questions about CP:

  • How do symptoms differ and when will you know the severity of your child's symptoms?
  • What causes the condition and why did this happen to your child?
  • Where can you turn for help?

CP affects each child differently, but technology and therapy options have opened many avenues for children with CP to thrive and keep pace with their peers.

Does your surgeon make the cut? Find out with this tool.


Patient safety should be the top priority of every hospital and medical professional. Unfortunately, it seems that when a procedure is not performed regularly by a surgeon the risk to their patient jumps significantly. For example, the national death rate from a knee replacement surgery is about 1 in 1000. Patients that have that surgery done at a hospital that does not regularly perform it are 3 times more likely to die than those that do perform it regularly.

A recent story on National Public Radio noted this issue and highlighted some positive steps a few of the countries leading teaching hospitals are taking to prevent these unnecessary risks to the safety of their patients.

According to the story U.S. News & World Report did an analysis of medicare data and found that low volume hospitals were putting their patients at risk by performing these surgeries. Especially since, in many cases, patients would be able to have their procedure done at a high-volume hospital by traveling an extra 30 or so minutes.  

The U.S. News report was taken to heart by three of the nation's leading medical institutions, Dartmouth, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Michigan. All three say that surgeons who do not routinely perform some complex, non emergency, surgeries will no longer be allowed to.  Among the procedures listed are knee replacements, Hip replacements, bariatric surgery and some cancer and thoracic procedures.

Be Safe this Fourth of July Weekend (Infographic)

65910459_thumbnail.jpgWe hope that every one has a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend. After all taking time to relax and enjoy the company of friends and family is an important part of our lives.  However even under the best circumstances accidents happen. Accidents and illness unfotunately do not take holidays off and sometimes a trip to the hospital or ER is necessary.  

In the past we've talked about "the July effect". A time when teaching hospitals experience a sharp increase in medication errors - which just happens to coincide with the arrival of new residents and the departure of many of the seasoned staff members.  Leaving many visitors at risk for patient safety errors.  

4 things to consider when looking for a medical malpractice attorney

Choosing-a-lawyer.jpgMedical care is not perfect, despite all the advancements in medicine and research. However, there are established standards of care that should be observed in order to provide patients with medical treatments that are appropriate, approved and reasonable.

Unfortunately, the decisions doctors, nurses and hospitals make are not always in line with these standards and the patients can be left to pay the price. If and when a mistake is made or poor judgment is exercised and it leads to the death of a loved one, it can be extremely difficult to get straightforward and honest answers from these same parties. 

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