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no free passes initiative patient safetyHurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C. managing partner, Attorney Chris Hurley, founded the No Free Passes Initiative after representing a family who lost the mother. He realized she could have been saved if the emergency room staff had more training on intubating patients. Multiple attempts at intubation is not acceptable. The more times a doctor and their team need to attempt an intubation, the more likely the patient is to have complications.

Attorney Chris Hurley has been a trial lawyer for over 30 years and has seen many clients or their family members live with life altering complications or death. After seeing many cases over the years that could have been prevented, Attorney Hurley came up with the idea for the No Free Passes Initiative to educate and train doctors and staff in the hospitals.

Those involved in the 12-month initiative program will go through the program through in-person meetings, webinars, advisory groups, and go through advanced skill training. They will talk with advisors throughout the program and receive coaching. These steps and programs are designed to ensure the teams involved will learn how to improve patient safety when attempting airway maintenance. With over 25,000 daily occurrences of life-threatening errors occurring daily in emergency rooms or intensive care units across the United States daily, improving patient safety is crucial.

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no free passes initiativeNo one wants to lose a loved one, but to lose them because of a preventable error is unacceptable. Thousands of people are treated in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) and Emergency Rooms (ER) every day across the United States. Doctors, nurses, and other medical staff who have gone through years of education to provide help and assistance to those who need it are the ones who can prevent these errors. Intubation errors are preventable with more training and education on how to successfully intubate a patient on the first pass.

After representing a family whose young mother had lost her life after an asthma attack and went without oxygen while in the ER, Attorney Chris Hurley, managing partner of Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C., thought the exact same thing. Hurley partnered with Airway Management Education Center (AMEC) and Cynosure Health to start the No Free Passes Initiative and improve patient airway safety.

Attorney Chris Hurley has put together a presentation with other presenters to explain how the No Free Passes Initiative was started, the program vision and opportunities for support.

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tort reform, Chicago medical malpractice attorneyTort reform laws put limits on the amount of compensation a victim of medical malpractice can receive. Tort reform does not favor victims; rather it favors negligent hospitals, doctors, and companies. The victims of medical malpractice should be able to get fair compensation as determined by a jury of peers, not what lawmakers, insurers and companies believe victims should receive.

Recently medical malpractice victims’ family members testified before Illinois lawmakers about how their lives had changed because of mistakes made by doctors and other medical professionals. The family members talked about how an arbitrary cap on awards for victims and their families limit and impact their lives.

Those who testified before Illinois legislators ranged from widows of Illinois State Troopers to mothers speaking for their children to the victims of medical malpractice who relived their tragedy. Those who spoke before the lawmakers took a stand because they have fought for themselves or someone they cared about for the justice they deserve. The compensation some received from their medical malpractice suits will take care of their injured family members’ medical and living expenses.

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reusable medical devices, Chicago medical malpractice lawyerReusable medical devices, like the duodenoscope, have led to deaths due to not being able to sterilize them sufficiently. Why does it take so long to update sterilization standards for reusable medical devices? This is a cause for concern, but the new standards are not required to be used on existing products on the market, even though that is where the concern and problems began. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is only requiring new products to adhere to new rules, stricter guidelines, and more testing.

Multiple deaths and infections, starting as early as 2012, have been linked to a deadly bacterial infection caused by a deodenoscope that was not completely sterilized because of the small crevices in the scope and the internal tubing. A duodenoscope is a device that is used to diagnose and treat diseases in the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas. It is inserted through a patient’s throat while they are being given general anesthesia and it continues down through the stomach to the point where the stomach and small intestines meet.

Due to the recent death of two people in a Los Angeles hospital being linked to contracting this deadly bacterium through reusable devices, the FDA is asking manufacturers to prove their products can be sterilized, including the small crevices where bacteria can live. Since the FDA is only requiring new market products to be held to higher standards though, it may take a while before they are practiced with current products in the market. This can lead to more deaths or injuries to patients.

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right to compensation, Chicago medical malpractice attorneysWhen a doctor, medical staff, hospital, or nursing home is negligent or makes a mistake that causes injury or death to a patient it is called medical malpractice. The patient or patient’s family deserves the maximum compensation for the mistake or negligence. A new provision of a bill recently passed by the House of Representatives would protect the doctors and hospitals instead of the patient and their family.

If signed into law, the provision would put a limit on the amount of compensation victims of medical malpractice would be able to collect. The belief is that limiting the compensation will lower spending in the healthcare system. Texas already has a law that limits compensation to $250,000 per year, but it has not cut spending in the healthcare system. A study showed that spending per patient increased.

This provision does not benefit the patients. It benefits doctors, hospitals, and the healthcare system. It would prohibit the use of federal guidelines for the quality of care standards to be used in medical malpractice cases. This means if the doctor or hospital was negligent or caused you or a family member an injury or death, the quality of care guidelines would not be admissible in court to show the negligence.

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