Medical Malpractice and New Devices: Defining an Elusive Standard of Care.

Medical Malpractice and New Devices: Defining an Elusive Standard of Care.

ABSTRACT Early adoption of a new medical device by a physician carries with it some degree of malpractice liability risk. The legal standard for malpractice varies from place to place, but generally requires an evaluation of the physician’s conduct either against that of a hypothetical “reasonable physician,” or else against professional custom. Where the use […]

Teleradiology: Images of an Improved Standard of Medical Care?

Teleradiology: Images of an Improved Standard of Medical Care?

INTRODUCTION Teleradiology, a subset of telemedicine, is “a means of electronically transmitting radiographic patient images [X-rays, CT scans, etc.] and consultative text from one location to another.” (1) In theory, teleradiology allows a radiologist to remotely diagnose images anywhere in the world from a phone or Internet connection. As a result, a nascent international outsourcing […]

Effect of Vitamin E Supplementation with Standard Treatment on Oxidant-Antioxidant Status in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Report)

Effect of Vitamin E Supplementation with Standard Treatment on Oxidant-Antioxidant Status in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Report)

Background & objectives: Chronic oxidant burden and depletion of endogenous antioxidants have been proposed to play a key role in the pathogenesis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Exogenous antioxidants have potential therapeutic implications and their role has not been explored in COPD. The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of supplementation […]

Package Inserts and the Standard of Care (Medicolegal Issues)

Package Inserts and the Standard of Care (Medicolegal Issues)

A number of pending and new claims involve diet drugs, hormone replacement therapy, cerivastatin (Baycol), oxycodone (OxyContin), troglitazone (Rezulin), thimerosal, and nefazodone hydrochloride (Serzone). One issue is intertwined in all of these claims: the relation between a medication’s package insert (also referred to as product information, prescribing information, or Physicians’ Desk Reference [PDR] listing) and […]

Comparative Interpretation of CT and Standard Radiography of the Chest

Comparative Interpretation of CT and Standard Radiography of the Chest

Standard radiography of the chest remains one of the most widely used imaging modalities but it can be difficult to interpret. The possibility of producing cross-sectional, reformatted 2D and 3D images with CT makes this technique an ideal tool for reinterpreting standard radiography of the chest. The aim of this book is to provide a […]