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Are Jobs in the Legal Industry at Risk due to AI? How to Take Advantage of AI.

By OnPoint Legal Nurse Consulting |

Artificial intelligence (AI) has developed rapidly in recent years. The idea of AI becoming a part of our everyday reality is no longer a far-fetched fantasy. On the contrary, the utility of AI in many job sectors and even in daily life is becoming all too real for many people. AI is threatening the… Read More »

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Who is Performing Your Medical Record Review?

By OnPoint Legal Nurse Consulting |

Who is Performing Your Medical Record Review? Resuscitation=noun; the action or process of reviving someone from unconsciousness or apparent death. “Paramedics were called and aggressive resuscitation was performed.” (The Merriam-Webster Dictionary) Most attorneys are familiar with the act of resuscitation and generally know what is involved. One would expect that physicians are acquainted with… Read More »

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How Can a Qualified Medical Expert Witness Maximize the Value of Your Case?

By OnPoint Legal Nurse Consulting |

How Can a Qualified Medical Expert Witness Maximize the Value of Your Case? Sometimes an attorney may be required to provide a medical or nursing expert witness to testify in personal injury or medical malpractice litigation. An expert witness is a person with extensive experience or knowledge in a specific field or discipline beyond… Read More »

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Opioid Crisis

By OnPoint Legal Nurse Consulting |

So how do opioids work? Opioid drugs rapidly bind to opioid receptors on nerve cells in the brain, spinal cord, gut, and other areas of the body. When opioids attach to these receptors, they reduce or block the pain signals sent from the brain and release large amounts of dopamine (known as the feel-good… Read More »

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TBI Levels of Consciousness

By OnPoint Legal Nurse Consulting |

Is the Patient Conscious? Different levels of Consciousness in Brain Injury Cases Evaluation of conscious pain and suffering depends on a careful analysis of medical records and first answering the question of whether the patient was conscious. Consider this case: Terry Palache was a policeman who responded to a burglary scene. One of the… Read More »

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Maternal Deaths

By OnPoint Legal Nurse Consulting |

Maternal Death – A National Tragedy Maternal deaths in the United States in 1960 were 37 per 100,000 births with a decline during the 1980s into the late 1990s where it leveled off at nine per 100,000 births. After 1997, the rate of maternal deaths began rising again until 2008 when it plateaued at… Read More »

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Analyzing Medical Records/Pain and Suffering Reports

By OnPoint Legal Nurse Consulting |

Analyzing Records for Damages “The proof is in the pudding.” “The devil is in the details.” You know those expressions – they remind us that cases are won and lost on the details. The detail-oriented inspection of medical records is time-consuming yet rewarding in revealing what happened to a patient as a result of… Read More »

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Heterotopic Ossification

By OnPoint Legal Nurse Consulting |

Heterotopic Ossification – Bones Gone Awry One of the dreaded complications of trauma and surgery, heterotopic ossification (HO) can cause significant discomfort for patients. This process creates bone where there should be none – in muscle, soft tissue, tendons, ligaments, skin, muscle, fascia, or virtually in any part of connective tissue. HO is also… Read More »

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Hospital Acquired Infections and Nursing Home UTI’s

By OnPoint Legal Nurse Consulting |

Healthcare Associated Infections and Death: Catheter Use and Urinary Tract Infections A Massachusetts settlement of $2 million resulted after a seventy-seven year-old woman died from septic shock. The nursing home resident was transferred to the defendant’s facility for rehabilitation following injuries sustained in a motor vehicle collision. She arrived with a Foley catheter and… Read More »

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Nursing: High Risk, Demanding Job

By OnPoint Legal Nurse Consulting |

Nursing: High Risk, Demanding Job There is no doubt nursing is a difficult, demanding profession, and COVID-19 has added to the demands placed on nurses every day. The issues they face have a direct impact on patient safety, medical errors, and medical and nursing malpractice. Here are 4 of the biggest issues nurses grapple… Read More »

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