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Alex Winslow

Costs Up, Access Down, Medical Errors Unabated. Should TX Really Be Our Health Care Model?

Health care reform has been dominating the headlines for months now. The special interests headed by the insurance industry are doing everything they can to take advantage of the confusion on…

Brooks Schuelke

Another Week and Another Article About Texas' Medical Malpractice Caps Not Working

Last week, I wrote about a study that found that Texas’ medical malpractice caps discriminate against the retired and the unemployed. Today, the Dallas Morning News had an article looking at another…

Brooks Schuelke

Texas’ Medical Malpractice Reforms Are Discriminating

In 2003, our medical malpractice reforms capped the amount of non-economic damages that plaintiffs could recover. There were predictions that the cap would be unfair, and there have been anecdotal…

Brooks Schuelke

Texas Two Step — Tort Reform Style

I’m sorry for my prolonged absence, but the practice of law has stepped in the way of my blogging. Not only have we had the usual business going on, but I was set to start a trial today in a small…

Brooks Schuelke

A Simple Checklist Can Cut Surgical Deaths In Half

Yesteday, the New England Journal of Medicine, released a study that found that the use of a simple 19 item surgical safety checklist could significantly reduce deaths and save countless dollars….

Brooks Schuelke

Dennis and Kimberly Quaid Settle With Cedars-Sinai

As most of you will recall, Dennis and Kimberly Quaid almost experienced every parent’s worst nightmare when their twins were delivered too much Heparin at Cedars-Sinai hospital in November 2007….

Brooks Schuelke

Unbelievable! Almost 95% of Nursing Homes Cited For Violating Federal Standards

A report issued this week by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services found that 94% of the nation’s nursing homes were cited for violating federal standards. And not surprising, for-profit…

Brooks Schuelke

Wrong Site Surgery: Is the Standard of Care Enough?

We have devoted the month of August to Wrong Site Surgeries. Our series started out by looking at the Universal Protocol, the standard of care on how to avoid wrong site surgeries. The standard was…

Brooks Schuelke

Time Out!!! Standard of Care for Avoiding Wrong-Site Surgeries, Part 3

Over the last few days we’ve been looking at the three elements in the standard of care for avoiding wrong-site surgeries. The first element is establishment of a pre-operative verification process….

Brooks Schuelke

Something (Other than “X”) Marks the Spot: Standard of Care for Avoiding Wrong-Site Surgeries, Part 2

Today, we continue looking at the standard of care for avoiding wrong-site surgeries. The first step is to establish a pre-operative verification process.
The second step in the Joint Commission…