Myra Dembrow

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Brain-Damaged Man Receives $217 Million Award

A jury awarded nearly $217 million in damages to a Tampa man left brain-damaged when emergency-room doctors misdiagnosed stroke symptoms. After a three-week civil trial, just over $100 million in punitive damages were added to the original verdict of $116.7 million for compensatory damages.

Verbal Drug Orders Often Misunderstood

Patients are at greater risk of medication errors when clinicians order drugs in person or via telephone, according to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory, an independent state agency. It recommends a read-back procedure in which the person receiving the order writes it down, reads it back, and gets confirmation that the prescription was understood correctly.

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