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Why your baby's APGAR score is important

When your new baby comes into the world, the urge to quickly hold him (or her) and establish a connection is natural. However, you may have to wait a few minutes while doctors give your newborn a quick bath, take their vitals, and establish an APGAR score. If you are unfamiliar with such a score and what it means regarding the health of your new baby, this post will provide some helpful background.

How changing underwear during a procedure can lead to trouble

In a prior post, we highlighted the unfortunate story of a doctor taking a selfie with Joan Rivers while she was sedated prior to undergoing a procedure that led to her death. Indeed, such conduct is just as baffling as it is troubling. However, there are unfortunately more stories like it.

New technology could reduce patient mortality rates

A number of our posts have focused on strategies to increase patient safety. They have ranged from surgical teams following checklists to establishing standards for when such procedures would be appropriate. However, a new system highlighted by could be an innovative strategy that could save patients’ lives

What happens when doctors don't practice what they preach?

Like the saying, “the person who represents himself in court has a fool for a client,” physicians are not immune from the type of foolishness that comes with avoiding their own advice. According a recent report, doctors are notorious for being the worst patients.  Specifically, doctors are known for partaking in the very unhealthy habits that they advise patients not to indulge in.

Hospital missed chance to diagnose Ebola patient

A patient who showed up at a Dallas area hospital complaining of fever and headache and was misdiagnosed as a potential Ebola case has passed away. However, in the wake of the man’s death, the hospital is still under fire for missing the diagnosis. According to a report, the man was initially diagnosed with a low-grade viral infection and was sent home with an antibiotic, despite claims from his sister that he told hospital workers that he had just come back from Liberia.

New guidelines for assessing developmental disabilities in kids

Diagnosing intellectual and developmental disabilities continues to change as technological and scientific advances are made. With these advancements, the guidelines surrounding assessment must also be adjusted. A recent article on highlights the potential changes that may come about as a result of a clinical report published by the American Academy of Pediatrics.


In a prior post, we highlighted a trend in Philadelphia and its suburban counties of fewer medical malpractice claims being brought to trial and even fewer verdicts in favor of injured plaintiffs. The trend in Pennsylvania is an example of an overall trend in New York and across the nation. A recent report examined this phenomenon, which led to the question: Are innocent medical malpractice victims being left uncompensated?

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