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New Recommendations To Help Doctors Diagnose Sepsis and Septic Shock Earlier, Saving Lives

The CDC reports sepsis kills more than 258,000 Americans each year and is the ninth leading cause of disease-related death. With the understanding that early recognition and treatment of such serious illness improves outcomes, an international task force of critical and intensive care physicians has started the process of developing new definitions and more uniform criteria for the diagnosis of sepsis and septic shock.

New Guidelines Reinforce Established Rights to Access Medical Records

In January 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services issued new guidelines regarding the rights of individuals to access their protected health information under HIPAA. Though the guidelines are new, the rights they describe are not. In 2009 the rights to security, privacy, and access to medical information under HIPAA were modified for the digital age when Congress passed the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Pennsylvania’s Act 47 Law

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has unanimously refused to void Pennsylvania’s Act 47. Act 47 prohibits medical malpractice lawsuits which claim damages in the form of wrongful birth and wrongful life.

Is Medicine Up To Date?

“Up to Date” is an online scientific medical practice resource available to physicians and anyone else who is willing to pay the annual subscription fee.

Nursing Home Litigation

The importance of quality nursing home care has grown exponentially in the United States with the nation’s rapidly growing elderly population.   Unfortunately, negligent nursing home

Evaluation of Anesthesia Case: Failure to Maintain a Patent Airway

The practice of anesthesiology is broad in scope extending from the control of pain and consciousness in the operating room or elsewhere to the control of pain generally in the hospital or even in the outpatient setting. In the operating room, the anesthesiologist, in addition to having an extensive monitoring role, has independent responsibility for evaluating and supporting cardiopulmonary function. Because of their monitoring functions, anesthesiologists, as a rule, document their activities contemporaneously and more thoroughly than any healthcare provider other than perhaps the critical care nurse.

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