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Linda Chalat

Cameras May Improve your Health (Care)

Medical errors kill enough people to fill four jumbo jets a week. A recent survey of doctors, nurses, technicians and other employees at 60 U.S. hospital found that at one-third of them,…

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Another Hospital Tech Infects Patients

A former hospital medical technician with hepatitis C has been criminally charged in federal court in New Hampshire based on accusations that he infected at least 30 patients with the blood…

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CDC Warns About 'deadly diarrhea germ'

Some 14,000 Americans die every year from a bacterial infection known as Clostridium difficile, or C. diff. , and another 300,000 are hospitalized, according to a report released last week…

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Grand Jury Considers Kickbacks to Denver Doctors

A federal grand jury in Denver is investigating the relationship between a dialysis company and one of the city's largest kidney doctors' offices. The doctors are under investigation to…

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Lack of Communication Increasingly Results In Medical Errors

COPIC, a professional liability insurance company based in Denver, has issued a statement concerning the trend of incomplete patient information, missing tests and poor communication among…

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Limits on Medical Liability Bill Advances

In spite of heavy hitters such as the American Bar Association lobbying against it (see previous blog), the House Energy and Commerce Committee late last Wednesday approved a measure aimed at…

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ABA Takes Stand Against Tort Reform

The American Bar Association, with nearly 400,000 members, the largest voluntary professional association in the world, has issued a public letter voicing the objections ABA has to portions of the…

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New Tool Targets Hospital Error Rates

Researchers looking at the rate of hospital errors contend that a new method for identifying medical errors shows that as many as 90 percent of hospital mistakes are overlooked. The new study used a…

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Spine Clinics Show Marketing Backbone

Laser Spine Institute LLC promises to ease back pain and have patients out the door in a few hours. And with medical centers across the nation, six are located in Colorado, their website proclaims…

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May is National Stroke Awareness Month

May is National Stroke Awareness Month to help educate the public about the critical need for fast action when signs of a stroke are apparent. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the…