Monthly Archives: September 2016

Additional Thoughts — Physician Lied During Med-Mal Trial

Shortly after this column was released last Saturday (original column with links below), a plaintiff’s attorney friend of mine took me to task (and rightly so).  He said my column downplayed the fact that the physician in this article did more … Continue reading

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Physician Lied During Med-Mal Trial

A retired surgeon recently confessed in a newspaper column that he lied under oath to protect a colleague during a medical malpractice trial nearly two decades ago. Dr. Lars Aanning, age 77, published his column last month and then provided … Continue reading

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Nominate Yourself (or a friend) for a Free Sorry Works! Tool Kit for September

Thanks to a generous patient safety advocate, we are giving away one free Sorry Works! Tool Kit for September (and every month of the year). We are looking for suggestions — and you can nominate yourself. We are looking for … Continue reading

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Disclosure & Apology to non-English Speaking Patients/Families…how are YOU handling it??

Saying “sorry” is hard enough for clinicians…imagine trying to do it through an interpreter. How do you know the translator is delivering your message in the proper context? What if empathy and apology mean different things in the language of … Continue reading

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Hawaii Medical Center Apologizes, Promises Changes Following Death of 32-year old Man

Antonio Marrero visited the ER at Waianae Coast Comprehensive Medical Center complaining of a sore throat.  The physician diagnosed an abscess and made an appointment for Mr. Marrero with an ENT, however, the physician explored the condition further and without proper … Continue reading

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Mediation Services For Med-Mal Cases Offered By Sorry Works!

Over the years, I have had several colleagues and friends say I should provide mediation services for medical malpractice cases. My colleagues have encouraged me to become a mediator because I understand and appreciate both sides in medical malpractice cases. … Continue reading

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Still Seeking Input on Gag Order Project

In the next month Sorry Works! will release a paper on gag orders or confidentiality clauses in medical malpractice settlements. However, we are still soliciting input and perspectives. What is your experience or perspective on gag orders?  Are they necessary, … Continue reading

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Disclosure Movement Forgetting Nursing Homes??

Is the disclosure movement forgetting all about nursing homes? I think so, and everyone — including folks in acute care — will suffer if we continue to skip over our friends in the world of assisted living, rehab, and long-term … Continue reading

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