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Ornstein C. Los Angeles Times. December 5, 2007:B1.
This article discusses one couple's decision to hold a pharmaceutical company legally accountable for package and label designs they believe contributed to the heparin overdose of their twin infants.
Parents sue over babies' heparin overdoses: infants were given too much heparin at Methodist Hospital.
Higgins W. Indianapolis Star. September 13, 2008;News section:A1
Families whose infants died from or were harmed by heparin overdoses are suing the drug manufacturer and the hospital.
Grant M. AARP The Magazine. September/October 2010;53:48-51,90-91.
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Riley W, Meredith LW, Price R, et al. Health Serv Res. 2016;51(suppl 3):2453-2471.
Improving patient safety provides an opportunity to reduce malpractice claims and associated costs, particularly in higher risk clinical areas such as obstetrics. This study examined medical malpractice claims and cost data in the perinatal units of hospitals before and after implementation of safety interventions focused on decreasing perinatal harm. Interventions consisted largely of standardizing best practices and implementing team training. Investigators found that improving perinatal safety led to substantial reductions in both the frequency and total cost of malpractice claims. The role that the medical liability system plays in driving up health care costs and in promoting the practice of defensive medicine—which can lead to adverse events through unnecessary tests and procedures—was highlighted in a past WebM&M commentary.