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Wednesday, 26 November 2014 00:00

Prepping The Medical Expert Witness

In modern litigation, though trials are few and far between, the prospect of eventual trial continues to be the infrastructure around which cases are built. The steps in preparing an expert for trial ensure parties identify the issues in dispute and distill complex matters to the essence. While the specific nature of allowable communication between counsel and experts may differ by jurisdiction, universally the courts will be looking to the expert to be an impartial advisor. The expert's evidence will assist the court in understanding complex technical matters in the decision making process.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 00:00

Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs of 2013

According to Time Magazine, the top 10 medical breakthroughs of 2013

10. Detecting Parkinson 's disease Early

Scientists are now convinced that the most common neurodegenerative diseases, like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, might be better treated if it were possible to identify patients early in their disease and intervene with treatments. For example, by the time the first symptoms of Parkinson's appears – the tremor in the fingers or lip, the loss of smell or the rigid facial expression – damage to the brain and the neural networks that guide muscle movement is well entrenched.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 00:00

Since You've Worked So Hard

Since you have all worked so hard this week, here are some lighter moments to brighten up your day. Below are 30 captions from real medical record documentation;

1. Patient has two teenage children but no other abnormalities.

2. The patient was seen by Dr. Johnston who felt we should sit on the abdomen and I agree.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 00:00

Welcome to the Connect Experts Blog!

Connect Experts is proud to offer and share insight and information of interest in the medical legal area. Return here regularly as we add discussion of interest to lawyers and healthcare professionals.

Monday, 10 November 2014 00:00

Leveling the Legal Playing Field

Two years ago, at a conference in Atlanta, a woman from Jamaica excitedly approached me when she learned that my company provided experts for medical malpractice cases. She had been searching for resources to help in her efforts to support victims of medical malpractice in her home country. She shared multiple stories of negligence that were almost unimaginable and confided that although many Jamaican doctors were educated to North American standards, their underfunded, undersupplied and poorly managed public health-care system was struggling greatly, leaving too many patients injured as a result. There was little recourse for injured patients and minimal accountability for health-care providers.

Monday, 10 November 2014 00:00

10 Tips for a Successful Hospital Stay

You've got chills -- they're multiplying. It's 3 a.m. and you've been tossing and turning for hours. An extra blanket could put the shivers to rest, 
but where's the nurse? And the chorus of snores from the next bed is competing with the attention-seeking rumble from your hungry stomach. Aren't hospitals supposed to be places of rest and recovery? Fear and uncertainty can amp up your stress levels and ruin your stay, but don't let them run the show. Our hospital insiders give you the behind-the-scenes scoop on how you can feel more comfortable and in control.

When a medical malpractice lawsuit occurs, the hospital and all members of the health care team may be named as defendants. This might include the nurses, physicians, nurse practitioners, midwives, ambulance attendants, laboratory technicians, respiratory therapists, nursing and medical students and contracted hospital employees who provided care. Both the plaintiff and defense lawyers may then be required to retain experts from each of the defendant disciplines to provide expert opinion. Although there is no obligation for health care professionals to take on this role, you may be considering it. Many regulatory bodies endorse the professional responsibility to do so. This article will help you learn more about the role and responsibilities of the expert witness.

Monday, 10 November 2014 00:00

The Nurses Role in Managing Head Injury

Pre-Hospital Care; Recognizing the Injury, Accessing Care

Brain Injury management starts with Emergency Service Providers (Nurses, Doctors, Paramedics, EMT's, First Aid Volunteers). The goal of care is to recognize, treat and transport the brain injured patient by the most appropriate method (ground, lights and sirens, air ambulance). EMS provider responsibilities include;

Monday, 10 November 2014 00:00

Legal Issues In Nursing: Communication

The first of 4 of a series of articles prepared for CARE Magazine on the 5 most common allegations associated with nursing negligence lawsuits

When medical errors cause lasting injury, the patient can sue both the doctor and the nurse. This can result in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Nurses who have been through this experience describe it as extremely difficult; as difficult as other catastrophic life events such as death, divorce and job loss. The experience of being sued affected their work life, personal life, health and wellbeing. Emotions such as shock, shame, anger, depression and fear were common. Many nurses felt so isolated by their peers that they left their jobs. You don't want this to happen to you.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 00:00

ER Triage Explained

NursesPushingStretcher-smallIt is a busy Monday night in the emergency department.  You've arrived with your 2 year old child. You cannot get in to see your family doctor and she's got a fever of 39.5 C, a sore throat and an earache.Your daughter's crying and miserable. There is a long line up at triage. Eventually you are seen and assessed by a triage nurse and then sent to the waiting room. The waiting room is packed, your child is miserable and you are wondering how long are you going to have to wait for?

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