(RANDOM) MUSINGS ON MEDICINE, MALPRACTICE & LAW
Do you ever find yourself thinking that you want to remember something pithy that you just read, dazzling that you saw, or clever that you heard? And then, a day later, it's gone and forgotten. That happens to me all the time. So how best to capture and retrieve those nuggets? Perhaps, writing it down or taking a snapshot. Hmmmm. Sounds like a blog.
And so. . . with the New Year comes new resolutions. Why not do something to keep and share useful, inspiring or amusing information? I've resolved to write a blog. I've never done this before and so it is a little unnerving to me to put my thoughts out into the universe, and to invite responses. I know that hundreds of thousands of people do it every day. That gives me fortitude. And with that, I'm jumping in.
Random. Musings. Medicine. Malpractice. Law. This sums up what this blog will be about. I'm a medical malpractice attorney who represents patients who've been injured by the negligence of medical care providers. I love my work. I believe that identifying negligence helps to improve medical care. In doing my job, I learn a great deal about medicine, the delivery of medical care, and how the law applies to it. Those are the "random musings" I want to write about. This is how I plan to start.
The 10 (Random) Things a Medical Malpractice Lawyer Thinks a Patient Should Know
1. NO ONE cares more about your health than you!
2. What's a medical record?
3. Whose medical record is it anyway?
4. Electronic medical records--what are the Institute of Medicine's safety worries?
5. What is a "hospital acquired infection"?
6. Why is hand washing and cleanliness a safety matter?
7. Does signing a "consent form" excuse or forgive negligent medical care?
8. What is a living will?
9. Where will the 911 ambulance take me?
10. What is "continuity of care" and why is it important?