A recent study released by the Johns Hopkins Children's Center finds that administering nitric oxide gas to infants born prior to 34 weeks may not provide a health benefit in most cases. Babies born pre-term are regularly given nitrous oxide gas in an effort to improve survival rates and avoid disabilities and related complications such as lung problems or neurological damage.
The University of Illinois at Chicago's Institute for Patient Safety Excellent has received $3 million of a $23.2 million dollar federal grant given to local governments and aimed at improving safety standards and procedures at medical facilities in an effort to prevent malpractice.
The Chicago Tribune published an investigative report yesterday on the unusually high infection rates reported by nine Chicagoland hospitals for the year 2009, and the results, released in the newest issue of the Illinois Hospital Report Card and Consumer Guide to Health Care, are alarming. The infections at issue are bloodstream infections associated with the insertion of central lines into patients in the medical or surgical Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at each hospital.
The Illinois Supreme Court struck down the state's medical malpractice law today, saying it violates separation of powers by allowing lawmakers to interfere with a judge's ability to reduce verdicts. All of us at Rapoport Law Offices believe that today the citizens of Illinois experienced a great victory. Our attorneys have been and always will be strong believers in a person's right to a jury trial without arbitrary damages caps limiting their recovery. This is the third time the Illinois Supreme Court has struck down attempts to cap damages in medical malpractice cases. We truly hope the Court never has to rule upon such legislation again.