On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. The potential role of information technology in limiting instances of medical malpractice can be significant. Through the efficient flow of information, hospitals that invest in modern information technology may prevent medication mistakes, misdiagnoses, and other medical errors. In recognition of this and to encourage the practice of improving information technology in hospital settings, the annual “Most Wired” survey identifies hospitals that meet the highest standards in protecting patient information, efficient patient flow, and communication, which can minimize the prospect of committing medical malpractice. This year six Louisiana hospitals were named as most wired. The survey, which is
On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Surgical Errors on Thursday, July 17, 2014. According to a study conducted by researchers from the Boston Consulting Group, Harvard’s colleges of medicine and public health, and several other companies, insurers unintentionally reward hospitals that make surgical errors. The study notes the reason for this is the insurance companies compensate these hospitals for the additional support, care, and longer stays of patients that suffer increased complications that might have been prevented during surgery. The study was published in The Journal of the American Medical Association. The researchers studied the records of over 34,000 people who underwent surgical procedures in 2010. Over 1,800 of these
On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Hospital Negligence on Thursday, July 10, 2014. In early May of this year we covered an outbreak of a fungal infection at the Children’s Hospital in Louisiana. Initially the focus of the story was on hospital reporting requirements, given that the hospital in question had apparently delayed for up to five years notifying parents of five children who allegedly died from the outbreak of the actual cause of the deaths. Since then, parents of the deceased children have initiated multiple lawsuits against the hospital, mostly based on claims of negligence as the Louisiana statute of limitations may preclude lawsuits based on medical malpractice. Some
On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Hospital Negligence on Thursday, July 3, 2014. Hospitals and other medical facilities are places where patients expect to be treated and cured of illnesses and injuries. But as one Louisiana native recently discovered, sometimes one can go to a hospital and end up in worse health off after being admitted than when he or she came in. The man in question went to a Veterans Administration hospital to have a prescription filled. It was a routine visit, or so it seemed at first. But a week later he fell ill -- with Legionnaires' disease, a potentially lethal illness caused by the water-borne Legionella bacteria.