The attorneys at Leeseberg & Valentine held a press conference today to discuss the cases against Mount Carmel and Dr. Husel. LV has been contacted by by 12 of the 27 victims that were contacted by Mount Carmel, but we have also received calls from a number of other families who suspect their loved ones may have also been victims. "This may be the tip of the iceberg and the size is unknown" said Gerry Leeseberg during the press conference. The attorneys were joined by Christine Allison, whose husband was one of the 27 victims.
"It wasn't like, I'm going to lie." It was, "I'm going to support my colleague."
Last April, we posted a blog entitled "What Steps Do Hospitals Take to Avoid Retained Surgical Items?" While this remains a necessary component of patient safety in the OR, new technologies have been released in recent years to further minimize this risk. These new technologies are an important step to help prevent these surgical "never events" from happening. These technologies include computer-assisted sponge count devices, radiofrequency detection systems, and radiofrequency identification systems.
On March 23, 2016, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that any patient data kept by a health care provider, regardless of location, is a medical record that must be released to patients and families. Earlier in the year, we wrote about the dangers of letting medical providers determine what is and is not a "medical record." You can also read an in depth analysis of the court's decision from former judge and University of Cincinnati College of Law professor emerita Marianna Bettman here.
Have you ever called a customer service number trying to find out the answer to a question only to be transferred to ten different departments and spending 2 hours on what was supposed to be a 5 minute phone call? Well, this process may become the norm for patients seeking to obtain their medical records depending on the Ohio Supreme Court's decision in Griffith v. Aultman Hospital.